Water jar (hydria) depicting the struggle Herakles and Triton

Archaic Period
About 530–520 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 2, pl. 077.


Height: 49.7 cm (19 9/16 in.); diameter: 34.5 cm (13 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Herakles and Triton struggling in presence of draped female and draped male figure. Greek inscriptions in the field. Behind the Nereid, vertically, “Elparetos kalos” (ELPAR[E]T[OS] KALOS); above Triton’s tail, “Mnesila” (M[N]ESILA); below, “kale”; to the left of Triton’s head, “Amthoe” (AMPHITHOE) (for Amphithoe); to the right of Herakles, “kalos” (KALOS); below, vertically, “Choiron kalos” (CHOIRON KALOS).

Below main picture a narrow band of figures; on shoulder a quadriga with driver in white chiton, flanked by groups of three dismounted battling warriors, the center one of each group sinking to one knee.
Broken and repaired. Back restored.


Behind the Nereid, vertically, ΕLΠΑΡ[Ε]ΤΟ[S] ΚΑLΟS; above Triton’s tail,
ΜΝΕSΙLΑ; below,
ΚΑLΕ; to the left of Triton’s head,
ΑΜΘΟΕ (for Amphithoe); to the right of Herakles,
ΚΑLΟS; below, vertically,


Said to be from Vulci; by 1836: E. Durand Collection (Vente du cabinet de feu M. le Chevalier E. Durand, Paris, April 25, 1836, lot 303); by 1840: Vicomte Beugnot Collection; 1849: with Christie's, London (auction, June 14-16, 1849, lot 68); by date unknown: W. H. Forman Collection; inherited from him by Mrs. Burt and then, about 1889, by A. H. Browne; by 1899: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London W.C., England (auction of the Forman Collection, June 19-22, lot 283); 1901: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1801

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund