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Ball depicting palaistra scenes

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Ball, pierced for suspension depicting palaistra scenes. Man offering flower to boy, accompanied by a dog. There are also two discus-throwers, and two javelin throwers. Painted in the frieze and incised on the bottom, 'I belong to Myrrhine' (EIMI MYRRINES). Bottom incision encircles an incised...

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"I belong to Myrrhine" (EIMI MYRRINES) "Yeah" (NAI XI) (in paint on frieze and incised on bottom). "That boy is beautiful, that is how he looks as he comes from the [games at the] funeral mounds [eria]" (HO PAIS KALOS HOS EOIKEN APO TON ERION EN) (on top of ball). ΕΙΜΙ ΜΥΡΡΙΝΕS (in paint on frieze and incised on bottom). ΝΑΙ ΧΙ (in paint on frieze and incised on bottom). ΗΟ ΠΑΙS KALOS ΗΟS ΕΟΙΚΕΝ ΑΠΟ ΤΟΝ ΕΡΙΟΝ ΕΝ (incised on top of ball).

Provenance

By 1929: with Ernest Brummer, 11 East 68th Street, New York, N.Y. (purchased by him in 1929 from Zoumboulakis in Athens); purchased by MFA from Ernest Brummer, February 13, 1963

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Greek, Late Archaic Period, about 500 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Dimensions

Diameter: 4.6 cm (1 13/16 in.), height: 4.3 cm (1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

63.119

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels