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Oil flask (lekythos) with the birth of Dionysos

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Birth of Dionysos from the thigh of Zeus. Zeus seated; head of infant Dionysos visible; Hermes facing Zeus. A meaningless inscription over the head of Zeus (ESNOSN KOSN). Surface somewhat corroded. [Label text]: The scene on this oil jar depicts the unusual birth of the wine god Dionysos through...

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Meaningless inscriptions: ESNOSN KOSN ΕSΝΟSΝ ΚΟSΝ


By 1893: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: August 1893. Said to have been found at Eretria); 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, Early Classical Period, about 460 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 148.


Height: 42.8 cm (16 7/8 in.); diameter: 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure technique


The Ancient World