Water jar (hydria) with Herakles and Triton wrestling

Archaic Period
about 520-515 B.C.
the Chiusi Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 2, pl. 084.


Height: 48.3 cm (19 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)


The Ancient World



Shoulder: Two quadrigae face toward the right side. The charioteers, clad in white, mount their chariots, holding reins and goads. A draped man, probably a trainer, sits on a boxlike stool before each team.

Body: Herakles and Triton wrestle in the center of the vase. Herakles straddles the monster and grasps him around the chest. Nereus, at left, leans on a staff and observes the scene. A nereid, at right, watches, gesturing toward the struggle.

Graffito on bottom of base.


By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr. (said to be from Vulci); January 1961: purchased from Robert E. Hecht, Jr. by Horace L. Mayer (loaned by Horace L. Mayer to MFA as 16.61); gift of Horace L. Mayer to MFA, December 12, 1962

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer