Attributed to the Group of Würzburg 199
Archaic Period, about 510500 B.C.
Greece, Attica, (Athens)
Ceramic, Black Figure
Height: 44 cm (17 5/16 in.)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Seth Kettell Sweetser Fund 60.790
Location: Not currently on view.
Side A: Judgement of Paris. Hermes, with a dog walking beside him, leads Hera, holding a long scepter, Athena, fully-armed, and Aphrodite. Side B: Scene from the Iliupersis. Menelaos walking right, looks back and turns to seize veiled Helen by the edge of her himation while threatening her with his sword. Behind her, a warrior (Agamemnon?) carrying two spears and a shield walks left, looking back.
By 1847: Rome art market (published in F. W. E. Gerhard, Auserlesene griechische Vasenbilder, III, Berlin, 1847, pl. 171); date unknown: Lord Elgin Collection, Broomhall, Fifeshire, Scotland; by 1960 with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., June 8, 1960
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