Two-handled jar (amphora) depicting Achilles ambushing Troilos

Archaic Period
about 530 B.C.
Painter The Painter of the Vatican Mourner

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 1, pl. 06.


Height: 43.5 cm (17 1/8 in.); diameter: 19.6 cm (7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)


The Ancient World



Side A: The ambush of Troilus by Achilles. Troilus rides toward a fountain where Polyxena is filling a hydria from the lion-head spout. Behind him, a bearded attendant and a dog. Achilles, fully armed, crouches behind fountain and tree. Bird in flight above.
Side B: Departure of a Warrior. A warrior carrying a shield and spear steps toward his horse which is led by a groom who rides the second of the pair. On either side, a man stands to the right.


By 1956: Dr. Samuel Schweizer Collection, Arlesheim (Beazley, ABV); by 1969: with Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel (Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., auction 40, December 13, 1969, lot 68); purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., January 14, 1970

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund