Two-handled jar (amphora) with satyrs

Early Classical Period
about 470 B.C.
The Charmides Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 085.


Height: 32.3 cm (12 11/16 in.); diameter 17.3 cm (6 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure technique

Not On View


The Ancient World



Side A: Satyr carrying a silenos on his back; another satyr behind.
Inscription: Charmides is handsome (kalos) .

Side B: Satyr standing with his back turned.
Inscription: [He] is handsome (kalos).

Three satyrs, the mischievous followers of the wine god Dionysus, decorate the front of this amphora. They have been adorned with wreaths and fillets as they perhaps participate in some festival.


Side A:
to right of sayr's face ΧΑΡΜΙΔΕΣ
to right of carrier ΚΑΛΟΣ

Side B:
to right of satyr's middle ΚΑΛΟΣ


By date unknown: Thomas G. Appleton Collection (purchased from Alessandro Castellani; said to be from the Peytrignet collection at Pagani, near Naples and to come from Nola); gift of Thomas G. Appleton to MFA, 1876

Credit Line

Gift of Thomas Gold Appleton