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Two-handled jar (amphora) with Achilles and Ajax

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This amphora is decorated on both sides but in different painting techniques. One side has a scene depicted in the Red Figure style, and the other side shows the same scene in the Black Figure style. This type of decoration puts the vase into the so-called Bilingual group. The traditional...

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By date unknown: Alfred Bourguignon collection; by 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought privately from the collection of Alfred Bourguignon. Bourguignon's label [on the vase]: Orvieto); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Archaic Period, about 525–520 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 114; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 062-063.


Height: 55.5 cm (21 7/8 in.); diameter: 34 cm (13 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure and Red Figure (Bilingual)


The Ancient World