“Ma dimmi una cosa e dilla con tutta franchezza”*

judgement_of_paris_amphora Group of Würzburg 199 Amphora Vase Greek Archaic Period, about 510–500 B.C. Greece, Attica,

Attributed to the Group of Würzburg 199
Amphora
Vase
Greek
Archaic Period, about 510–500 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.
Description:

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.

Provenance/Ownership History:
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

© 2003 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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