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Oil flask (aryballos) depicting athletes

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Around this aryballos athletes are depicted relaxing in a palaistra. An athlete strips the oil from his body with a strigil. More cleaning equipment hangs on the wall. Three pairs of youths and boys stand in conversation; one youth, who is followed by his dog, offers his younger friend a flower....

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"Panaitios is handsome" and "Panaitios" (PANAITIOS KALOS)


By 1897: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: from Eretria 1897); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Late Archaic Period, 500–490 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece


Overall: 8.6 x 7.7 cm (3 3/8 x 3 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World