Three-legged vessel depicting a pair of wrestlers

Archaic Period
6th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Boiotia

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 559.


Height: 14.1 cm (5 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



The body of the vase cylindrical with a flat rim, which turns inward and then downward, and three thin legs originally united by rods curving upward to the center of the vase. One of these supports is missing, and parts of the legs are lacking or restored.
Each leg is decorated with a figural panel: two dancing men, a running Gorgon, and a rampant lion.
Panels between the legs represent: a pair of bearded boxers flanked by three judges with staffs; a bearded and unbearded wrestler fighting beside a tripod and flanked by judges with staffs; a pair of confronted lions watched by a bearded siren.
On top is a frieze of animals and monsters: a pair of confronted sphinxes; a lioness facing a boar; a pair of sphinxes flanking a palmette; a pair of confronted lions; a pair of confronted panthers; and a lion facing a bull.


By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Paris.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund