Painter the Aischines Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Overall: 16.9 x 5 cm (6 5/8 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



The red-figure alabastron depicts a male youth and woman. The youth leans to the right, reaching for a fillet/sash that the woman is offering him with her right hand. The woman, wearing a stephane, holds in her left hand the small wicker box which likely originally held the fillet/sash. The male youth wears a pink wreath on his head, and across his eyes and around the back of his head the painter has drawn a thin relief-line of glaze. A line of inscription in Greek (Aischines:kalos) faces away from the youth.

The relief line covering the male youth’s eyes is unlikely to be a blindfold because it is too narrow for this purpose, and the youth’s eyes remain open.


By 1901: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in London (Ready, who said it was from Thebes).); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund