Two-handled jar (amphora) with the arming of Achilles

Archaic Period
about 520–515 B.C.
the Amasis Painter, Potter Amasis

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 1, pl. 27; 28, 3.


Height: 30.7cm (12 1/16in.) Diameter: 21.7cm (8 9/16in.) Weight: 3 lb. (1.36 kg)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)


The Ancient World



Side B: Thetis bringing armor to Achilles: Phoinix present. Figures labeled.
Side A: Herakles and Apollo struggling over tripod in presence of Hermes. Figures labeled. Signature of potter “Amasis epoiesen” (“Amasis made [it]”)

Much broken and restored.
Label attached: “Foot formerly on Amasis amphora 01.8027. Removed 1940”

See 1972.228, a fragment that joins this vase. It had been acquired by The University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, in 1897.


"Thetis", "Achilles", "Phoinix", "Amasis epoiesen", "Hermes", "Apollo", "Herakles"


By date unknown: Alfred Bourguignon Collection (said to have come from Orvieto, according to CVA, Boston 1, p. 20); by 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought privately from the collection of Alfred Bourguignon.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund