Fragment from a water jar (hydria) with legs of Cerberus
about 500 B.C.
the Berlin Painter
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
W x D: 6.8 x 0.52 cm (2 11/16 x 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Not On View
Decoration Description: Small, five-sided sherd from a vase which carries the scene of Herakles, with Athena and Hermes, leading Kerberos out of Hades. This piece is decorated with Herakles’ foot and ankle, a bit of the paw of his lion skin; a part of the jaw and neck of one of the heads of Kerberos, as well as the tops of his front legs and shoulders; and (possibly) the ankle of Hermes. Outside, glossy black glaze with drawing in relief lines throughout; inside, unglazed and slightly corrugated.
Belongs to 03.838.
1973, gift of Dietrich von Bothmer (b. 1918 - d. 2009), New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 14, 1973)
NOTE: This fragment comes from the same vase as MFA accession no. 03.838, which was sold to the Museum in 1903 by Edward Perry Warren.
Gift of Dietrich von Bothmer