Archaic Period
about 525–520 B.C.
Paseas, Formerly known as Painter of the Cerberus Plate

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 001.


Height: 18.9 cm (7 7/16 in.); diameter: 18.9 cm (7 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)


The Ancient World



Herakles is dragging the three-headed dog (two heads are shown here) Kerberus out of Hades. Hermes is also present, wearing a pointed cap and carrying his herald’s wand (kerycheion). Herakles wears his normal costume, the skin of the Nemean Lion, and carries his bow, but in unusual fashion is depicted as a beardless youth. The group stands on the ground line created by the exergue. In the exergue is an elaborate palmette and lotus design.

Condition: Repaired with some restorations.


By date unknown: Alfred Bourguignon Collection; by 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought privately from the collection of Alfred Bourguignon.); published in L. D. Caskey and J. D. Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1931), no. 1 (as probably from Chiusi, one of five plates mentioned in Bull. d. Inst. 1851, p. 171); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund