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Two-handled jar (amphora)

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On shoulder, palmettes on two sides. Side A: between two spinxes, two bearded men face one another, each dressed in chiton and himation and crowned with a fillet. The man at the right holds a spear and short stick. The snake-entwined wand shows he is a herald, possibly Hermes himself, but he...

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By date unknown in 2nd half of 19th century or early 20th century: R. Lanciani Collection; by 1941: Edward Jackson Holmes Collection; gift of Edward Jackson Holmes to MFA, December 11, 1941

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Jackson Holmes

Greek, Archaic Period, about 570–560 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 1, pl. 18.


Height: 27.6 cm (10 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure


The Ancient World