Terracotta kantharos (drinking cup) in the form of the heads of Herakles and of a woman, Attributed to the Syriskos Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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

Attributed to the Syriskos Painter
Attributed to Class M: 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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
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.
Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. pp. 265-66, 1538, nos. 81 (pp. 264-65), 2 bottom (p. 1538), Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1988. Vol. 4: Eros-Herakles. "Herakles," p. 743, no. 244, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.