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Side A: This is a depiction of the often represented struggle for the Delphic tripod between Herakles and Apollo. Apollo is shown on the right as a beardless youth, wearing his quiver on his back, and holding forth his bow. Herakles, holding the tripod over his shoulder in one hand and his...

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"Herakles" (HERAKLEOS), and "Apollo" (APPOLLONOS). Between the figures is the inscription "beautiful" (KALOS). From Left to Right ΗΡΑΚΛΕΟΣ ΚΑΛΟΣ ΑΠΟΛΛΟΝΟΣ


1963: exhibited at Galerie Maspero, Paris, March 27-June 15 (Le Dessin dans L'Art Grec); 1963: with Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., October 17, 1963

Credit Line

William Francis Warden, Catharine Page Perkins, and James Funds

Greek, Archaic Period, about 525–510 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece


Height: 65 cm (25 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World