Interior, Herakles fighting an Amazon Exterior, obverse and reverse, three chariots
This cup is distinguished by its rich decoration and by the sensitivity with which the composition is applied to the shape. On the interior, Herakles' opponent is identifiable as a woman by the white pigment that indicates her flesh. The chariots on the exterior have been described as racing, but it is equally possible that they are advancing in a procession.
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