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Drinking cup (kylix) with Herakles and the Cretan Bull

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Kylix with scene of hero (probably Herakles rather than Theseus) fighting a large bull in the central tondo. Above, is a woman, who has a large wing emerging from the right side of her chest and small wings emerging from her calves and who wears a fringed skirt. a conical cap and a headdress...

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By 1993: with the Merrin Gallery, 724 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y.; purchased by Peter and Mary Lee Aldrich from the Merrin Gallery; partial gift of Peter and Mary Lee Aldrich to MFA, December 29, 1995; remaining half interest given to MFA by Peter and Mary Lee Aldrich, December 31, 1998

Credit Line

Gift of Peter and Mary Lee Aldrich

Greek, Archaic Period, 6th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Laconia, Greece


Height x width: 11.8 x 25.3 cm (4 5/8 x 9 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure


The Ancient World