Two-handled jar (amphora)

Early Classical Period
about 470 B.C.
the Pan Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 095.


Height: 25.4 cm (10 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)


The Ancient World



Side A: A mature man pursues a young boy by grabbing the boy’s right arm as he attemps to flee. The couple is very likely represents the popular scene of the abduction of Ganymede by Zeus. Here the gentleman may be identified as Zeus by the attribute of the scepter he holds. Both wear wreaths added in purple. The boy carries a hoop and a hoop-stick, common toys in Athens and often attributes of Ganymede.

Side B: A wreathed youth advances to the right while looking over his shoulder and carrying a joint of meat in his left hand, which may be a gift from an admiring older man.

An elaborate band of palmettes serves as the ground line for both scenes.


Between 1879-1886: found at Suessula by D. Marcello Spinelli; by 1910: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: From Suessula.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, June 2, 1910, for $4,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 10.159-10.230)

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution