Drinking cup (kylix) with Herakles and the Cretan Bull

Archaic Period
6th century B.C.
the Rider Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Laconia


Height x width: 11.8 x 25.3 cm (4 5/8 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Kylix with scene of hero (probably Herakles rather than Theseus) fighting a large bull in the central tondo.
Above, is a woman, who has a large wing emerging from the right side of her chest and small wings emerging from her calves and who wears a fringed skirt. a conical cap and a headdress of a palmette on a stem flanked by two lotus buds on vine stalks. She runs through the air to the right toward a bird flying to left. At left, remains of another bird. Below, lotus and palmette vine scroll. Exterior: palmettes beside handles,
rows of rays, tongues and buds.
The winged daemon has been interpreted as “mere filling device” (Pipili). She could also be a nature daemon or a Nike.


By 1993: with the Merrin Gallery, 724 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y.; purchased by Peter and Mary Lee Aldrich from the Merrin Gallery; partial gift of Peter and Mary Lee Aldrich to MFA, December 29, 1995; remaining half interest given to MFA by Peter and Mary Lee Aldrich, December 31, 1998

Credit Line

Gift of Peter and Mary Lee Aldrich