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The heavy body of Ajax is shown slumped over his sword, which he has imbedded in the ground, indicated by a groundline. His torso is shown frontally. Although the sword is shown outside his body, it should be interpreted as having penetrated him, and he is shown after his death as indicated by...

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By 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens Christman 1898.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Late Corinthian Period, about 575–550 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Corinth, Corinthia, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 464.


Height: 6.3 cm (2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure


The Ancient World