Wine cooler (psykter) depicting pentathletes

Archaic Period
about 520–515 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 067.


Height: 34.4 cm (13 9/16 in.); diameter: 26.9 cm (10 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Daily Life in Ancient Greece Gallery (Gallery 212A-B)


The Ancient World



Scene of pentathletes practicing. Three pairs of nude javelin throwers and a pair of nude wrestlers. The athletes’ trainers are draped and hold long switches. The javelins (akontia) each have a looped leather thong (ankyle) indicated in red paint. Two athletes are drawing the boundary lines in the ground for the javelin throw.

Inscriptions: “Philon” (PHILON); “Etearchos” (ETEARXOS); “Epilykos” (EPILUK[OS]; “Ptoiodoros” (PTOIODOROS); “Sostratos” (SOSTRATOS) (twice); “Eukrates” (EKRATES); “Eudemos” (EUDEMOS); “Eoppoki” (EOPPOKI); “Kimon” (KIMON); “Phayllos” (PHAULO[S]); “Xenophon” (XSENO[PHON]); “Enioas” (ENIOAS)

Condition: Considerably fractured and repaired.


Inscriptions: "Philon" (PHILON); "Etearchos" (ETEARXOS); "Epilykos" (EPILUK[OS]; "Ptoiodoros" (PTOIODOROS); "Sostratos" (SOSTRATOS) (twice); "Eukrates" (EKRATES); "Eudemos" (EUDEMOS); "Eoppoki" (EOPPOKI); "Kimon" (KIMON); "Phayllos" (PHAULO[S]); "Xenophon" (XSENO[PHON]); "Enioas" (ENIOAS)


Probably between 1876 and 1885: excavated by Riccardo Mancini at Orvieto (according to Caskey-Beazley, part 2, p. 3; according to Hartwig, “Tod des Pentheus,” Jb. Arch. Inst. 7, 1892, p.157, this psykter was discovered at the necropolis in Orvieto along with another psykter, which by 1888 was likewise in the Bourguignon collection). By 1890: Alfred Bourguignon, Naples (W. Klein, “Die Griechischen Vasen,” Denkschriften der kais. Ak. der Wiss., 1890, p. 65, no. 4); sold by Bourguignon to Edward Perry Warren (b. 1860 –d . 1928), London; December 1, 1901: sold by Warren to the MFA.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund