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Oil flask (lekythos)

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Herakles and the Cretan bull. Herakles grasps one horn with his right hand, and squeezes the bull's neck with his left arm. Herakles' distinctive club hangs in the foliage behind him along with his cloak and on the right, his quiver. A decorative meander frames the scene above and below. "The...

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By 1893: with Mr. de Caix de Saint-Aymour in Paris (said to have been found in the island of Euboea, at Eretria); purchased from him by an Anonymous donor; Anonymous gift to MFA, March 1893

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Greek, Late Archaic Period, 510–500 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece


25.9 cm (10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure


The Ancient World