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Two-handled jar (amphora)

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Side A: The Dioskouroi harness a biga. Helen stands at the left, raising her left hand in a gesture of farewell. The Greek inscription 'Helene' (HELENE) above her head. Polydeukes steadies the chariot with his left foot. Behind his head and back the inscription 'Polydeuces' ([P]OLYDEUKES) in...

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Inscription

From Left to Right Side A: ΗΕΛΕΝΕ [Π]ΟΛΥΔΕΥΚΕS (Retr.) ΑΙSΧΙΝΕS (Retr.) SΙΜΟS ΚΑSΤΟΡ [?]ΙΟS ΚΑΣΟΝ ΚΑΛΟΣ (Retr) ΕΥΡΥΛΟΧΟS (Retr) Side B: ΔΙΟΝΥΣΟΣ

Provenance

By 1950: with Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (according to the purchase declaration on the invoice for Customs, the vase had been purchased by Münzen und Medaillen A.G. from Jean Dubois in Paris in 1950); purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., June 19, 1963

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Residuary Fund and Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900

Greek, Archaic Period, about 540–530 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 1, pl. 12; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 035.

Dimensions

Height: 51.4 cm (20 1/4 in.); diamater: 33 cm (13 in.)

Accession Number

63.952

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels