Two-handled jar (amphora) depicting the Judgment of Paris and the recovery of Helen

Late Archaic Period
about 510–500 B.C.
the Group of Würzburg 199

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 1, pl. 45.


Overall: 44 x 14.6 cm (17 5/16 x 5 3/4 in.) Other (H): 27.7cm (10 7/8in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)


The Ancient World



Side A: Judgment of Paris. Hermes, with a dog walking beside him, leads Hera, holding a long scepter, Athena, fully-armed, and Aphrodite.
Side B: Scene from the Iliupersis. Menelaos walking right, looks back and turns to seize veiled Helen by the edge of her himation while threatening her with his sword. Behind her, a warrior (Agamemnon?) carrying two spears and a shield walks left, looking back.


By 1847: Rome art market (published in F. W. E. Gerhard, Auserlesene griechische Vasenbilder, III, Berlin, 1847, pl. 171); date unknown: Lord Elgin Collection, Broomhall, Fifeshire, Scotland; date unknown: London, Spink and Son (recorded by J. D. Beazley in ABV, Oxford, 1956, p. 691, no. 78bis as: London Market-Spink); by date unknown with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; June 8, 1960: purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G. for $ 1,200.00

Credit Line

Seth Kettell Sweetser Fund