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Oil flask (lekythos) with athletes

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Four youths practicing athletic exercises under the direction of a trainer. Below the figures are letters of no meaning. Surface somewhat restored. 9 black figure shoulder palmettes alternately up and down.


Meaningless inscriptions.


Said to be from Athens. By 1892, in the Van Branteghem Collection, Sale (May 30 - June 1, 1892, at Hotel Drouot, Paris), Catalogue no. 27. 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, Archaic Period, about 520–510 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 015,


Height: 20.2 cm (7 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World