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Two-handled jar (amphora) with snakes on handles

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Neck-handled amphora; plastic snakes on each handle. Snakes have eyes, and bodies decorated with dots and lines; handles have cross-hatched triangles. Below rim, tangential (running) circles, dotted lozen chain, hatched meander. Between handles: band of vertical panels of linear decoration...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought in Athens); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Late Geometric IIA Period, 735–720 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 261; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 100.


Height: 60.5 cm (23 13/16 in.); diameter: 35.2 cm (13 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World