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.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure technique
Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)
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.
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.
Museum purchase with funds donated by Landon T. Clay