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Jar (pelike) with Odysseus and Elpenor in the Underworld

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Odysseus, having slain two rams, seated on a rock conversing with the shade of Elpenor. Hermes stands at the right. Reverse: Poseidon pursuing Amymone. [Label text]: Homer tells us in the Odyssey about Odysseus' journey to the underworld to learn how to return to his homeland of Ithaca. While...

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By date unknown: with Dr. Jacob Hirsch, Suite 1209, 30 West 54th Street, New York, N.Y.; purchased by MFA from Dr. Hirsch, March 1, 1934, for $ 9,250.00

Credit Line

William Amory Gardner Fund

Greek, Classical Period, about 440 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 111; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 070-071.


Height: 47.4 cm (18 11/16 in.); diameter: 34.3 cm (13 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World