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Two-handled jar (amphora) depicting Oedipus and the Sphinx of Thebes

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Side A: Sphinx on Doric column; youth (Oidipous) facing her. Side B: Youth in himation, stands facing left. [Label text]: Oedipus and the Sphinx of Thebes are depicted on this vase. Having solved her riddle, Oedipus saved the city of Thebes from the wrath of this bizarre monster. On the back...

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By date unknown: Mrs. Martin Brimmer Collection; bequest of Mrs. Martin Brimmer to MFA, November 8, 1906

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Martin Brimmer

Greek, Classical Period, 450–440 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 051.


Height: 33.2 cm (13 1/16 in.); diameter: 16.7 cm (6 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World