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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

ca. 525–500 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 9 1/4 in. (23.5cm.)
Diameter 15.3 cm.
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, Athena, Herakles leading Kerberos, and Hermes
Reverse, Battle of gods and giants

According to myth, Kerberos, the guard dog of Hades, may have had as many as one-hundred heads, or fifty heads, or as few as one. In Archaic Attic vase painting, Kerberos, as seen on this vase, is often depicted with two heads.
Said to be from Cerveteri

Canessa, Ercole and Arthur Sambon. 1904. Vases Antiques de Terre Cuite: Collection Canessa, Bibliothèque du Musée. no. 220, p. 58, Paris.

Lafenestre, Georges and Eugène Richtenberger. 1907. Le Musée national du Louvre. p. 155, Paris: Librairies-Imprimeries Réunies.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 80, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 92, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Montini, Italo. 1938. Il ritratto di Augusto. p. 92, Rome: C. Colombo.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1954. "Reviewed Work: Herakles. Die zwölf Taten des Helden in antiker Kunst und Literatur by Frank Bromme." American Journal of Archaeology, 58(1): p. 64.

Hull, Denison Bingham. 1964. Hounds and Hunting in Ancient Greece. pl. VIII, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich and Prof. Mary B. Moore. 1976. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. United States of America 16. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 4. Attic Black-Figured Neck-Amphorae, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Fascicule 4. pl. 37, 1-4, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, 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. Gigantes, no. 189; Herakles, no. 2587, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

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