Fragment from a water jar (hydria) with legs of Cerberus

Archaic Period
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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



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.

Credit Line

Gift of Dietrich von Bothmer