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Oil flask (lekythos) with an athlete

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A young athlete about to jump, profile to right. In field a sponge. Inscribed in Greek to the right of the athlete's forehead and below: "Chairestratos is handsome" (CHAI[R]ESTR[AT]OS KALOS) Repaired with some restoration.


"Chairestratos is handsome" ΧΑΙ[Ρ]ΕΣΤΡ[ΑΤ]ΟΣ ΚΑΛΟΣ


By date unknown: A. van Branteghem Collection (Van Branteghem auction, May 30 - June 1, 1892, at Hotel Drouot, Paris, lot 70) (said to come from Athens); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

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. 134.


Height: 30.2 cm (11 7/8 in.) Diameter: 10 cm (3 15/16 in)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World