Drinking cup (kylix) depicting Herakles wrestling the Nemean lion

Greek
Archaic Period
about 530–510 B.C.
The Segment Class


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 2, pl. 106, 04-06.

Dimensions

Height: 7.7 cm (3 1/16 in.); diameter: 16 cm (6 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

60.1172

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Herakles is shown wrestling with the Nemean lion. His cloak, bow and quiver are hanging in the tree in the background. There are facing dolphins in three-line exergue, below the main scene.
Condition: Restored, pieces of interior missing.
One fragment of the scene, Louvre C 10413, which shows Herakles’s back and buttocks, most of the bow, the quiver, the lower tree trunk and lower chlamys, is on loan to Boston.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr. and George Allen (said to come from Cervetri); gift of Robert E. Hecht, Jr. and George Allen to MFA, October 13, 1960; the fragment on loan from the Louvre is from the Campana Collection.

Credit Line

Gift of Messrs. Robert E. Hecht, Jr. and George Allen