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Three female busts as handles on the shoulder. Leaf and flower motif around shoulder; at center of principal frieze, a floral ornament flanked by sirens and panthers; griffin birds, swans and another panther complete the frieze. Black, red, and white paint on buff clay.


By date unknown: with The Summa Galleries Inc., 342 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90212; by October 1981: D. Herbert Lipson Collection; gift of D. Herbert Lipson to MFA, September 15, 1982

Credit Line

Gift of D. Herbert Lipson, Publisher of BOSTON Magazine, Boston, Massachusetts

Greek, Archaic Period, about 575–550 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Corinth, Corinthia, Greece


16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure


The Ancient World