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Fragmentary water jar (hydria) with Herakles and Kerberos

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Sharply defined shoulder with double row of palmette and lotus. On body: Herakles, with Athena and Hermes, bringing the three-headed hell-hound Kerberos from Hades. As in most of his deeds, Herakles was assisted by Athena who stands at the left holding her helmet. At the right, with only his...

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By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome (Hartwig).); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900

Greek, Late Archaic Period, about 490 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 122.


Length: 15 cm (5 7/8 in.); depth: 17.3 cm (6 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World