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Mixing bowl (calyx krater) depicting dueling scenes from the Trojan war

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Side A: On both sides of this krater are duels from the Trojan War. Memnon, king of Ethiopia, was an ally of the Trjojans. His death at the hands of Achilles was described in the Aethiopis, a lost epic poem. Achilles and Memnon wear corselets covered with plates of scale-armor. Achilles...

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Inscription

Figures labeled: Side A: ATHENAIA, AXILEUS, MELANIPPOS, MEIMNON, EIOS, On shield: "Lacheas is handsome" (LAXEAS KALOS) Side B: ATHENAIA, DIOMEDES, AINEAS, APHRODITE (in retrograde)

Provenance

Said to be from Vulci and to have been found at Canino in 1889 (according to L. D. Caskey and J. D. Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, no. 70); by 1891: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection (said to have been purchased in Trieste); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1897: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 25,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 97.285-97.442 and 97.1104)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Greek, Late Archaic Period, about 490–480 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 070.

Dimensions

Height: 45.2 cm (17 13/16 in.); diameter: 51/3 cm (20 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

97.368

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels