Two-handled jar (amphora)

Late Archaic Period
about 500–490 B.C.
the Plousios Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 1, pl. 37; 38, 3-4; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 115-116.


Overall: 36.1 x 26 x 27 cm (14 3/16 x 10 1/4 x 10 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Daily Life in Ancient Greece Gallery (Gallery 212A-B)


The Ancient World



Side A: Shoemaker’s shop. A young woman is being fitted for a new pair of sandals. The shoemaker sits before her on a diphros and cuts the sole leather around her foot. The woman lifts her himation and gestures toward the shoemaker. Various tools and sizing equipment hang on the back wall of the shop. Behind the woman sits the shoemaker’s apprentice who holds a sandal in his hand. An older man observes the scene at the far right. He leans on a staff and gestures toward the woman. He may be the another customer, the owner of the shop, or the woman’s husband or father. On the floor below the table sit a basin and a finished sandal.

Side B: Blacksmith’s shop. The blacksmith, bearded and naked in center, is about to strike a bar of metal with his wedge-shaped sledgehammer. Another man, beardless and also naked, holds the heated bar on an anvil with a pair of tongs. The man is partially obscured by the furnace at the far left. At right, two clad men observe the scene, one seated on a block and the other on a diphros. The man at the far right gestures toward the scene as he leans on a staff (similar to the pose of the older man on Side A).


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

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund