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Two-handled jar (Nolan amphora)

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This amphora is decorated on both sides. The two scenes appear to be clearly related, which is not always the case with Greek pottery. One side shows a kitharode (a singer who accompanies himself on the kithara, a large concert lyre), and the other side shows a person who appears to be...

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On both sides: "the boy [is] pretty" (HO PAIS KALOS) On the front: ΗΟ[Π]ΑΙS ΚΑLΟS On the reverse: ΗΟΠΑΙS ΚΑ[L]ΟS


Said to be from Gela; purchased by MFA, March 4, 1926, for $900.00

Credit Line

John Michael Rodocanachi Fund

Greek, Late Archaic Period, about 480 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 019.


Height: 29.9 cm (11 3/4 in.); diameter: 18.7 cm (7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure technique


The Ancient World