Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 001.
Height: 18.9 cm (7 7/16 in.); diameter: 18.9 cm (7 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)
Herakles is dragging the three-headed dog (two heads are shown here) Kerberus out of Hades. Hermes is also present, wearing a pointed cap and carrying his herald’s wand (kerycheion). Herakles wears his normal costume, the skin of the Nemean Lion, and carries his bow, but in unusual fashion is depicted as a beardless youth. The group stands on the ground line created by the exergue. In the exergue is an elaborate palmette and lotus design.
Condition: Repaired with some restorations.
By date unknown: Alfred Bourguignon Collection; by 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought privately from the collection of Alfred Bourguignon.); published in L. D. Caskey and J. D. Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1931), no. 1 (as probably from Chiusi, one of five plates mentioned in Bull. d. Inst. 1851, p. 171); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund