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Two-handled jar (pelike) depicting the escape of Odysseus from the cave of Polyphemos

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Side A: This scene shows a scene from the myth we know from Homer's Odyssey: Odysseus' escape from the cyclops Polyphemus, who he has just blinded. Here Odysseus is seen strapped to the underside of a ram, so that Polyphemus, touching the backs of his flock, might think only the animals are...

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By date unknown: with George Allen and Robert E. Hecht, Jr., 2219 St. James Place, Philadelphia 3, Pa.; Anonymous Gift to MFA in Memory of Lacey D. Caskey, May 10, 1961

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Lacey D. Caskey

Greek, Late Archaic Period, about 490–480 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece


Height: 30 cm (11 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World