Herakles and Apollo contesting the Delphic tripod, with Artemis and Athena
A favored subject during the third quarter of the sixth century B.C. was the struggle between Herakles and Apollo for the Delphic tripod. The most significant depiction in the Museum's collection appears on a very early red-figure amphora of about 530 B.C. signed by the potter Andokides; it is exhibited in the Greek galleries on the main floor. The lekythos shows a simpler variant of the same subject, complete with the inclusion of white slip, here limited to the shoulder.