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Wine cooler (psykter) depicting pentathletes

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Scene of pentathletes practicing. Three pairs of nude javelin throwers and a pair of nude wrestlers. The athletes' trainers are draped and hold long switches. The javelins (akontia) each have a looped leather thong (ankyle) indicated in red paint. Two athletes are drawing the boundary lines in...

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Inscriptions: "Philon" (PHILON); "Etearchos" (ETEARXOS); "Epilykos" (EPILUK[OS]; "Ptoiodoros" (PTOIODOROS); "Sostratos" (SOSTRATOS) (twice); "Eukrates" (EKRATES); "Eudemos" (EUDEMOS); "Eoppoki" (EOPPOKI); "Kimon" (KIMON); "Phayllos" (PHAULO[S]); "Xenophon" (XSENO[PHON]); "Enioas" (ENIOAS)


By date unknown: Alfred Bourguignon Collection (according to L. D. Caskey and J. D. Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, part 2, p. 3: From Riccardo Mancini's excavations; formerly in the Bourguignon collection at Naples); by 1901: purchased by Edward Perry Warren from Alfred Bourguignon; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Archaic Period, about 520–515 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 067.


Height: 34.4 cm (13 9/16 in.); diameter: 26.9 cm (10 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World