Two-handled jar (amphora) depicting Nike at an altar

Greek
Early Classical Period
about 460 B.C.
Manner of the Alkimachos Painter


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

33.2 cm (13 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

95.20

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Side A: Nike, flying above an altar and holding sacrificial vessels (a pitcher and a phiale). In the field is the Greek inscription: “Nikon is handsome” (Nikon kalos). ‘Nikon’ to the left of her legs, and ‘kalos’ to the right (above the altar).
Side B: Woman walking profile to left, carrying a lighted torch in her right hand.

Inscription

"Nikon is handsome" (Nikon kalos)
Side A: ΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΑΛΟΣ

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: probably from Sicily but perhaps from Southern Italy); 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund