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Pitcher (olpe) with Herakles in the bowl of Helios

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Herakles identified by his characteristic lion-skin helmet and club, is afloat in the bowl of Helios. Ivy leaves on the neck of the pitcher; there is a checkerboard pattern on the front of the rim.


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

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900

Greek, Archaic Period, about 520–510 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece


Height: 21.7 cm (8 9/16 in.); diameter: 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure


The Ancient World