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Two-handled jar (amphora) depicting the Judgment of Paris and the recovery of Helen

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Side A: Judgment of Paris. Hermes, with a dog walking beside him, leads Hera, holding a long scepter, Athena, fully-armed, and Aphrodite. Side B: Scene from the Iliupersis. Menelaos walking right, looks back and turns to seize veiled Helen by the edge of her himation while threatening her...

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By 1847: Rome art market (published in F. W. E. Gerhard, Auserlesene griechische Vasenbilder, III, Berlin, 1847, pl. 171); date unknown: Lord Elgin Collection, Broomhall, Fifeshire, Scotland; date unknown: London, Spink and Son (recorded by J. D. Beazley in ABV, Oxford, 1956, p. 691, no. 78bis as: London Market-Spink); by date unknown with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; June 8, 1960: purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G. for $ 1,200.00

Credit Line

Seth Kettell Sweetser Fund

Greek, Late Archaic Period, about 510–500 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 1, pl. 45.


Overall: 44 x 14.6 cm (17 5/16 x 5 3/4 in.) Other (H): 27.7cm (10 7/8in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure


The Ancient World