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A Poet instructed by the seven Muses | Greek vase, Athenian red figure white-ground pyxis

K20.10 THAMYRIS & THE MOUSAI

Museum Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Catalogue Number: Boston 98.887
Beazley Archive Number: TBA
Ware: Attic Red Figure, White Ground
Shape: Pyxis
Painter: Name vase of the Hesiod Painter
Date: ca 460 - 450 BC
Period: Classical

SUMMARY

Seven Muses depicted with various instruments including a barbiton, cithara, set of pipes and flute gather around a herdsman leading a cow. The herdman is probably Thamyris, a rustic bard who challenged the Muses a musical contest. Although he is also identified as either the poet Hesiod or Archilochus. The seventh Muse, from a heavily damaged portion of the vase, is not included in the picture above.

NOTEThis image is a montage of a string of photos of the vase.

ARTICLESMousai

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