mphora - wine jar.
Athen, c. 500 BC.
Height: 49.2 cm. Diameter: 34.4.
This wine jar was purchased 1839 by a representative of the Danish prince, Christian Frederik, the later King Christian VIII. It became part of the king’s large collection of vases and later, after the king’s death, a part of the Collection of Classical Antiquities. On one side an older man and his slave boy are portrayed on their way to the market. On the other a young man at a potter’s shop, carrying his money in a small pouch.