Two-handled jar (amphora) with struggle of Herakles and Apollo

Greek
Archaic Period
about 510 B.C.
Circle of Euthymides (Greek)


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

Height: 65 cm (25 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

63.1515

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Side A: Struggle of Apollo and Herakles for the Delphic tripod. Apollo is shown on the right as a beardless youth, wearing his quiver on his back, and holding forth his bow. Herakles, holding the tripod over his shoulder in one hand and his characteristic club in the other, moves away to the left and looks back. Between them is a tall palm-tree. Both figures are labeled behind their backs: “Herakles” (HERAKLEOS), and “Apollo” (APPOLLONOS). Between the figures at the side of Apollo’s leg is the inscription “beautiful” (KALOS).

Side B: A woman (possibly a maenad, a female devotee of the wine-god Dionysus) revels between two ithyphallic satyrs. While her elegant clothing and coiffed hair are unusual for the typically wild maenad, she carries two long ivy branches, which confirms her Dionysiac association.

Condition: Body broken (one break); foot rejoined and mended. Some in-painting.

Inscription

"Herakles" (HERAKLEOS), and "Apollo" (APPOLLONOS). Between the figures is the inscription "beautiful" (KALOS).
From Left to Right
ΗΡΑΚΛΕΟΣ
ΚΑΛΟΣ
ΑΠΟΛΛΟΝΟΣ

Provenance

1963, exhibited at Galerie Maspero, Paris [see note]; 1963, Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Basel, Switzerland; 1963, sold by Münzen und Medaillen, A.G, to the MFA. (Accession date: October 17, 1963)

NOTE: Galerie Maspero, Le dessin dans l'art grec (March 27-June 15, 1963).

Credit Line

William Francis Warden, Catharine Page Perkins, and James Funds