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Two-handled jar (amphora) depicting Hephaistos polishing the shield of Achilles

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Side A: Hephaistos polishing the shield of Achilles in the presence of Thetis. In the field, a pair of greaves, a helmet, tongs, hammer and saw. Meaningless inscription. Side B: Nike walking to right, her face to left, holding oinochöe and patera. The figures on a meander base. Palmettes...

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Date unknown: from a grave at Suessula and formerly in the Spinelli collection near Cancello (according to L. D. Caskey and J. D. Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, vol. 2, pp. 36-37, no. 82); by 1912: with E. P. Warren; purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Early Classical Period, about 480 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 082.


Height: 34.2 cm (13 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World