Two-handled jar (amphora)

Archaic Period
about 570–560 B.C.
Painter The Goltyr Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 1, pl. 18.


Height: 27.6 cm (10 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



On shoulder, palmettes on two sides.
Side A: between two spinxes, two bearded men face one another, each dressed in chiton and himation and crowned with a fillet. The man at the right holds a spear and short stick. The snake-entwined wand shows he is a herald, possibly Hermes himself, but he lacks the winged boots to make this identification certain.
Side B: within panel, lion on either side of elaborate palmette design.


By date unknown in 2nd half of 19th century or early 20th century: R. Lanciani Collection; by 1941: Edward Jackson Holmes Collection; gift of Edward Jackson Holmes to MFA, December 11, 1941

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Jackson Holmes