Two-handled jar (amphora) depicting a victor in an athletic contest

Late Archaic Period
about 490 B.C.
the Kleophrades Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 016.


Height: 45.4cm (17 7/8 in.) Diameter: 27cm (10 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



This vase shows a much-admired athlete loaded down with prizes and gifts. He carries a walking stick, an aryballos, and a hare. His body is adorned with red ribbons, signs of admiration. On the other side of the vase another youth stands holding a wreath, perhaps to be awarded to the athlete.

Side A: Nude athletic victor holding a walking stick, a perfume bottle (aryballos) and a hare, his left arm and thigh bound with purple taeniae.
Side B: Youth in cloak (himation) holding out a wreath to the figure on the other side.


Said to have belonged to Giuseppe Baseggio, Rome. 1854: E. Joly de Bammeville (auction of the Bammeville collection, Christie’s, London, May 13, 1854, lot 42). By 1869: William Henry Forman (b. 1794 - d. 1869), Pippbrook House, Surrey, England; by descent, through Mrs. Burt, to Forman's nephew, A. H. Browne, Callaly Castle, Northumberland; 1899: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London, W.C. (auction of the Forman Collection, June 19-22, 1899, lot 342). June 2, 1910: sold by Edward Perry Warren (b. 1860 –d. 1928), London, to the MFA for $4,000.00 [total price for MFA 10.159-10.230].

Credit Line

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