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Pyxis (round box with cover) depicting a herdsman with six Muses

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Although this is the "name-vase" of the Hesiod Painter, it is now thought that the poet shown with a lyre seated on an elaborate stool is not Hesiod, but Archilochus, who was a cow herd before called by the Muses to poetry. A youth leading a cow is shown on the other side. Muses surround the...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: presumably from Eretria); 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, Classical Period, about 460–450 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 037.


Height: 17.5 cm (6 7/8 in.); diameter: 15 cm (5 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ceramic, white ground technique


The Ancient World