Two-handled jar (amphora)

Archaic Period
about 520–515 B.C.
the Amasis Painter, Potter Amasis

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 1, pl. 26; 28, 1-2.


Height: 25.8 cm (10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Side A: Athena in conversation with a draped bearded figure.
Side B: Two warriors.
Greek inscription on both sides conspicuously between the figures: “Amasis epoiesen” (Amasis made [it] - ie. Amasis was the potter). On side A the inscription is broken into two lines [AMA]SIS (line one) [M]EPOIESEN (line two).

The Amasis Painter, who is named for his close association with Amasis, painted five of the vases and fragments in this case; unfortunately, he never signed any of his works as painter, so we do not know if Amasis the potter was the same man as the Amasis Painter.

Condition: A large break on side A has destroyed upper part of figures.


"Amasis epoiesen" (Amasis made [it])
Side A: In two lines, [ΑΜ]ΑSΙS [Μ]ΕΠΟΙΕSΕΝ (between the figures).
Side B: ΑΜΑSΙSΜΕΠΟΙΕSΕΝ (between the figures).


By date unknown: Alfred Bourguignon Collection; by 1901: purchased from Alfred Bourguignon by Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bourguignon label [on the vase]: Orvieto); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December, 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund