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Herakles leading Kerberus. Hermes and Athena looking on. Persephone stands within porch of Hades indicated by a column with epistyle. Greek inscription in the field beggining above the head of Heracles, 'Philos is handsome,' (PI[LOS] [KAL]OS). On shoulder: Two warriors in combat; two draped...

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By date unknown: Sir Wilfred Peek Collection; by 1927: with Sotheby & Co, 34 & 35 New Bond Street, London, W1 (Sotheby sale, December 19, 1927, lot 193 as Peek or Peak collection); purchased by MFA, March 1, 1928, for $ 683.55 (the total price for MFA 28.46 and 28.47)

Credit Line

John Wheelock Elliot and John Morse Elliot Fund

Greek, Archaic Period, about 525 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 2, pl. 079.


Height: 46 cm (18 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure


The Ancient World