Two-handled storage jar (pelike) depicting young athletes jumping

Greek
Archaic Period
about 520–515 B.C.
Circle of Euphronios (Euthymides or Oltos) (Greek)


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

Height: 31.1 cm (12 1/4 in.); diameter (max.): 24.4 cm (9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1973.88

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Gallery 212A-B

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Side A: Two nude youths jumping together together accompanied by flute music; leapers at center, flautist at right, facing them, wearing a cloak (himation).
Above the figures is the name “Kalipides”, and between the jumpers and the piper is the name “Aineas” (Aeneas). Below is the inscription “Leagros is handsome” (LEAGROS KALOS)

Side B: A piper (named “Smikythion”) accompanies two nude jumpers, the same two youths depicted on the front of the vase, seen from rear. They are probably athletes in training. Inscriptions in between the piper and the jumpers read: “Smikythion”; “Leagros is handsome, yes indeed!” (LEAGROS KALOS NAI XI)

The action may represent a Greek competitive dance exercise called bibasis, a Laconian dance for both boys and girls.

Inscription

"Aineas", "Kallipides", Leagros is handsome" (LEAGROS KALOS), "Smikythion", "Leagros is hansome, yes indeed!" (LEAGROS KALOS NAI XI)

Provenance

By 1972: with Fritz Bürki, Am Luchsgraben 61, 8051 Zurich, Switzerland (said to have been in a Swedish private collection); purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht (acting as agent for Fritz Bürki), February 14, 1973

Credit Line

Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection