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Two-handled jar (pelike) with actors preparing for a performance

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Side A: Actors dressing. Youth dressed as a woman, and another youth. Side B: Bearded man in mantle, profile to left. Repaired with slight restoration. [Label text]: The scene on this pelike shows two actors preparing for a performance. One young man has already donned his costume. His...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought by E. R. from Calabrese with the Pamphaios. From excavations at Cervetri); 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, Classical Period, about 440–430 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 063.


Height: 24.1 cm (9 1/2 in.); diameter: 18 cm (7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World