Two-handled jar (amphora) depicting Oedipus and the Sphinx of Thebes

Greek
Classical Period
450–440 B.C.
the Achilles Painter


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 051.

Dimensions

Height: 33.2 cm (13 1/16 in.); diameter: 16.7 cm (6 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

06.2447

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Side A: Sphinx on Doric column; youth (Oidipous) facing her.
Side B: Youth in himation, stands facing left.
[Label text]:
Oedipus and the Sphinx of Thebes are depicted on this vase. Having solved her riddle, Oedipus saved the city of Thebes from the wrath of this bizarre monster.
On the back of the amphora is another youth.

Nolan

Provenance

By date unknown: Mrs. Martin Brimmer Collection; bequest of Mrs. Martin Brimmer to MFA, November 8, 1906

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Martin Brimmer