Two-handled jar (amphora) with snakes on handles

Late Geometric IIA Period
735–720 B.C.
the Birdseed Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 261; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 100.


Height: 60.5 cm (23 13/16 in.); diameter: 35.2 cm (13 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Neck-handled amphora; plastic snakes on each handle. Snakes have eyes, and bodies decorated with dots and lines; handles have cross-hatched triangles. Below rim, tangential (running) circles, dotted lozen chain, hatched meander. Between handles: band of vertical panels of linear decoration (cross-hatching, hatched meander, checkerboard, Ms), meander and dotted lozenge chain. On shoulder: dots, two panels (one on each side) of four grazing horses, with waterbird under each horse. On body: dotted lozenge chain, hatched meander, dotted lozenge chain, waterbirds facing right, cross-hatched wolftooth, checkerboard, lozenge chain, hatched rays, lines. On small foot: tangential dotted circles.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought in Athens); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund