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Two-handled jar (amphora) depicting a woman seated on a bull

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Side A: woman seated on bull. She has long, loose hair and a head scarf. The messenger god Hermes walks in front. Side B: woman seated on bull. Her hair is bound. Both figures of the woman are dressed in an elaborate gown. This may represent the mythological abduction of Europa by Zeus, who has...

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By 1876: Thomas G. Appleton Collection (purchased from Alessandro Castellani and said to be from Capua); gift of Thomas G. Appleton to MFA, 1876

Credit Line

Gift of Thomas Gold Appleton

Greek, Late Archaic Period, about 500–490 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 1, pl. 50.


Height: 27.8 cm (10 15/16 in.); diameter: 18.2 cm (7 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure


The Ancient World