Drinking cup (kylix) depicting Herakles wrestling the Nemean lion
about 530–510 B.C.
The Segment Class
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
CVA Boston 2, pl. 106, 04-06.
Height: 7.7 cm (3 1/16 in.); diameter: 16 cm (6 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Black Figure
Not On View
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.
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.
Gift of Messrs. Robert E. Hecht, Jr. and George Allen