Drinking cup (kylix) depicting Herakles rescuing Deianera from Nessos

Classical Period
about 420–410 B.C.
Painter Aristophanes, Potter Erginos

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 172.


Height: 13.4 cm (5 1/4 in.); diameter: 35.5 cm (14 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



nterior: The abduction of Deianara from her husband Heracles by the centaur Nessos. Inscribed names accompany the figures (see inscription module).

Exterior: Battle of Centaurs and Lapiths Figures. Inscribed names accompany the figures (see inscription module).

[Label text]:
This vase is an unsigned replica of the kylix 00.344. It has been attributed to the same potter and painter because of the comparable details of composition, style, and execution.



Exterior Side A:
middle group - ΠΕΡΙΘΟΣ,
Right hand group - ΘΗΣΕVΣ, ΝΕΩΝ
Left hand group - ΕVΡVΒΟΤΟΣ, ΚΡΕΘΕVΣ

Exterior Side B:
middle group - ΑΙΘΩΝ, ΠΟΛVΑΙΝΟΣ
Left hand group - ΑΝΤΙΝΟΜΟΣ ΑΣΜΕΤΟΣ
Right hand group - ΤΕΛΕΣ ΝΕΣΕVΣ ΚΑΛΟΣ


1878: first published by G. Körte in AZ, p. 114; according to L. D. Caskey and J. D. Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, III, nos. 171 and 172 [00.344 and 00.345] were from the collection of Count Bruschi at Tarquinia; by 1900: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: It is said these two vases [00.344 and 00.345] were found in one tomb); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, February 1900

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund