Two-handled jar (neck amphora) depicting a herm in front of an altar

Two-handled jar (neck amphora) depicting a woman carrying an oinochoe and phiale

Early Classical Period
about 465 B.C.
the Nikon Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Height: 33.5 cm (13 3/16 in.); diameter: 15.7 cm (6 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure technique

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)


The Ancient World



Side A: woman, looking back, carries an oinochoe and phiale.
Side B: bearded and wreathed herm in front of an altar.
Side A: (add Greek)
On herm: ” “
Above altar: ” “
Recomposed; some restoration in black parts.
[Label text]:
A herm-a stone pillar with the head of Hermes and male genitals attached, is shown from the side on this amphora. These objects often stood on ancient roadsides as mile-markers and served to mark property lines. The herm shown here stands in front of an altar and has been decorated with wreaths and floral sprays.


May 6, 1967, sale (auction 34), Münzen and Medaillen, Basel, lot 164; 1968, Münzen und Medaillen and André Emmerich Gallery, New York (joint ownership) [see note]; 1968, sold by André Emmerich Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 8, 1968)

NOTE: Included in the exhibition "Art of the Ancients: Greeks, Etruscans and Romans," André Emmerich Gallery, New York, organized in cooperation with Münzen und Medaillen (February 7 - March 13, 1968), no. 34.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Landon T. Clay