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Side A: Two cloaked, and modestly wrapped Theban youths sit on folding stools either side of a central Aeolic column on which the sphinx crouches, wings outspread.These youths may be ordinary citizens of Thebes, who sit pondering the riddle of the sphinx. Their folding-stools are decorated with...

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By 1963: according to ARV, 2nd ed., p. 254.5: Italian market; by 1971: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., October 13, 1971 Beazley, J.D., Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, 2nd edition (Oxford, 1963), 254.5

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Greek, Early Classical Period, about 475 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece


Height: 42 cm (16 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World