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Two-handled jar (amphora) with Herakles driving a bull to sacrifice

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This amphora is decorated on both sides but in different painting techniques. One side has a scene depicted in the Red Figure style, and the other side shows the same scene in the Black Figure style. This type of decoration puts the vase into the so-called Bilingual group. The traditional...

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By 1842: with Basseggio, Rome; by 1854: Joly de Bammeville Collection (Christies auction, May 13, 1854, lot 40); date unknown in the mid 19th century: W. H. Forman Collection; inherited first by his sister-in-law Mrs. Burt and later by his nephew Major A. H. Browne of Callaly Castle, Northumberland, somewhere around the year 1889; by 1899: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London, W.C. (auction of the Forman Collection, June 19-22, lot 305); 1899: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Archaic Period, about 525–520 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 115.


Height: 53.2 cm (20 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure and Red Figure (Bilingual)


The Ancient World