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Water jar (hydria) with Orpheus attacked by Thracian women

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Orpheus put to death by women of Thrace. Orpheus falling, and raising his lyre against a woman who attacks him; she is followed by two other women; and two women are rushing upon him from the right. Near the vertical handle stand Thracian youths, at either end of the composition. Inscription:...

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According to L, D. Caskey and J. D. Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, entry 107; Shortly before 1879: found in an Etruscan cemetery near Foiano della Chiana on the property of Alfonso del Soldato on the hill rising in front of the Church of S. Francesco, about a hundred paces from the façade; by 1890: with Edward Perry Warren (purchased in Rome); gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA, November 4, 1890

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren

Greek, Early Classical Period, about 460 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 107.


Height: 39 cm (15 3/8 in.); diameter: 32 cm (12 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World