Two-handled jar (amphora)

Archaic Period
about 540 B.C.
the BMN (British Museum Nikosthenes) Painter

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 1, pl. 07-08.


Height: 39.2 cm (15 7/16 in.); diameter: 22.5 cm (8 7/8 in.) diameter (lid) 7.2 cm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Side A: Theseus killing the Minotaur.
Theseus holds the Minotaur by the horn with his left hand and drives his sword into his rib cage with the right. The Minotaur sinks on his right knee, holding a stone in his upraised left hand. Behind Theseus stands a youth holding a spear. Behind the Minotaur stand a girl and a youth.
Side B: The Dioskouroi riding into Olympus.
They ride to left, each holding a spear. An eagle flies to left behind them. Poseidon holding his trident stands in front of the horses. Behind the horses come an old man holding a stick (Tyndareos?) and a boy carrying a wreath.
Lid: pomegranate knob and patterns.


By date unknown: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Place, Philadelphia 3, Pa.; January 14, 1960: purchased by MFA from Hesperia Art for
$ 4,000.00

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund