Drinking cup (kylix) depicting Herakles wrestling the Nemean lion

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.


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



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.

Credit Line

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