Upper frieze, Herakles and centaurs Lower frieze, flutist leading procession of women
The upper frieze, depicting Herakles in the company of three centaurs, is perhaps a reference to the story of the Greek hero's battle with Pholos and his fellow centaurs. The scene below has no obvious narrative connection to that one. This shape, frequently made of alabaster and copied by Corinthian potters, is rare with Etruscan potters working in Southern Etruria.
von Bothmer, Dietrich, Joan R. Mertens, and Maxwell L. Anderson. 1980. "Greek and Roman Art." Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art), No. 1980/1981: p. 15.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1981. "One Hundred Eleventh Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1980 through June 30, 1981." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 111: p. 37.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1986. "Echoes from Egypt." Artibus Aegypti: Studia in Honorem Bernardi V. Bothmer, Herman Meulenaere and Luc Limme, eds. pp. 18-9, figs. 13-16, Brussels: Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire.