Two-handled jar (amphora) depicting Oedipus and the Sphinx of Thebes
the Achilles Painter
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 051.
Height: 33.2 cm (13 1/16 in.); diameter: 16.7 cm (6 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)
Side A: Sphinx on Doric column; youth (Oidipous) facing her.
Side B: Youth in himation, stands facing left.
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.
By date unknown: Mrs. Martin Brimmer Collection; bequest of Mrs. Martin Brimmer to MFA, November 8, 1906
Bequest of Mrs. Martin Brimmer