Two-handled jar (amphora) depicting a woman in a swing and four men

Archaic Period
about 540–520 B.C.
The Swing Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 1, pl. 04.


Height: 40.1 cm (15 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Ancient Greece: Dionysos & Symposium Gallery (Gallery 215B)


The Ancient World



Name-vase of the Swing Painter (belly amphora)
Front: woman in a swing and four men
Back: Female winged figure running to right; two bearded figures at left, one at right.

the woman on the swing participates in an ancient Greek ritual that took place during the ANTHESTERIA festival a festival dedicated to the wine god Dionysos, first drinking of new wine.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (one of a group of objects that according to Warren's records were brought to Rome and had all been found together in a tomb at Ferentinum [the contents included MFA 98.687-691a, 98.774-775, 98.778-783, 98.800-801, and 98.918]); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund