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Pitcher (oinochoe) with battle of the Greeks and Amazons

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Principal design: Battle of Greeks and Amazons. In center an Amazon and a Greek, mounted on white horses; an Amazon prostrate on the ground. The handle has female heads in relief at the mouth and base. Both modeled heads are glazed back, the lip is undecorated, and the grooved foot has a...

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By 1889: with Pio Marinangeli (said to be from Puglie?); March 1889: purchased by R. Lanciani from Pio Marinangeli; purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, 1889 There is a problem with this provenance. Registrar's Register seemed to give the provenance as Lanciani and the vase falls within the group purchased from Marinangeli. Are we sure it is a Bigelow gift as the credit line and Robinson vase catalogue indicated? The Bigelow credit line and provenance of said to be from Ruvo were carried on from the Robinson catalogue into the South Italian vase catalogue.

Credit Line

Gift of H. J. Bigelow

Greek, South Italian, Early Hellenistic Period, about 320–310 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Apulia, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 066.


Height: 45.5 cm (17 15/16 in.); diameter: 18.3 cm (7 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World