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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar) with double handles

Attributed to the Diosphos Painter

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) Diameter 3 15/16 in. (10 cm.)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.178
  • Description

    Obverse, Herakles and Kerberos at the house of Hades; meaningless inscriptions
    Reverse, Hermes and Athena; meaningless inscriptions

    Kerberos, the mythical guard dog of Hades, is depicted with two heads. One head bites the loop of the leash; with the other, Kerberos catches the tail of Herakles' lion's skin in his jaws.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 74, 216, pl. 56d.

    Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. New York: Hacker Art Books, pp. 509, 703, no. 155, Add. 1, pp. 508-10.

    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, Hades, no. 147; Herakles, no. 2597.

    Gebauer, Jörg. 2002. Pompe und Thysia: Attische Tieropferdarstellungen auf schwarz- und rotfigurigen Vasen. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag, p. 82 n 380.

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