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Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

In the manner of Arkesilas Painter
ca. 550 B.C.
Greek, Laconian
Terracotta; black-figure
Overall: 5 x 10 1/8in. (12.7 x 25.7cm) diameter of mouth 7 7/8in. (20cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of N. Koutoulakis, 1959
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
One of the twelve labors that Herakles, greatest of the Greek heroes, had to perform for his master, King Eurystheus, was the capture of a wild Cretan bull. Here, the hero rushes at the beast, while a siren perches above on a branch.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. "Greek Vases in the Recent Accessions Room." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 19(5): p. 153, fig. 3.

Yalouris, Nikolaos. 1980. "Astral Representations in the Archaic and Classical Periods and Their Connection to Literary Sources." American Journal of Archaeology, 84(3): p. 314 n. 10.

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. Herakles, no. 2317, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Carratelli, Giovanni Pugliese and Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli. 1995. Enciclopedia dell'Arte Antica, Classica e Orientale: Atlante delle Forme Ceramiche, Suppl. 2, Vol. 3. p. 250, fig. 297, Rome: Instituto della Enciclopedia Italiana.

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