Exterior surface: boar

Exterior surface: Theseus

Profile: spout oblique right front

Profile: spout at front

Profile: spout to right

Exterior surface: Theseus and boar

Collection: University Museum, University of Pennsylvania
Summary: Theseus and a boar.
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Date: ca. 450 BC - ca. 400 BC

H. 0.068 m., D. 0.090 m.

Shape: Askos
Beazley Number: 5731
Period: Classical


There are small chips on the handle and lip, otherwise the surface is in excellent condition.

Decoration Description:

Theseus and a boar. Theseus is on one side of the handle and the boar is on the other. Theseus is running to the left with outstretched arms, and looks back to the right. He is holding a club or sling in his right hand. A garment is draped over his left arm. Theseus is naked but wears a hat with a hemi-spherical crown and a short brim. The boar is running to the left, toward Theseus, his teeth bared.

Collection History:

The askos originally was part of the collection of Dr. Francis W. Lewis. It was bequeathed(?) to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1899, and has been on extended loan to the University Museum, Philadelphia, since 1935.