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Terracotta kantharos (drinking cup) in the form of the heads of Herakles and of a woman

Attributed to the Syriskos Painter

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Attributed to the Vatican Class of Head Vases
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 470 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1896
Accession Number:
96.18.77
  • Description

    Obverse, Athena seated between two women
    Reverse, symposium (drinking party)

    Athena, flanked by two seated women who must also be deities, overlooks the head of her favorite hero, Herakles, identifiable by the lion's skin around his neck. This amusing cup would have enlivened drinking parties like the one shown on the other side above the female head.

  • References

    Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd edn. Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 265-66, 1538, nos. 81 (pp. 264-65), 2 bottom (p. 1538).

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, Herakles, no. 244.

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