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The processional scene on the main panel depicts the apotheosis of Herakles. Above and below the panel are animal friezes. In the center of the main panel, Herakles faces left and stands behind a quadriga. He wears his lion skin and carries his club and a bow. Under the bellies of the horses is...

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"Hermes," "Demeter," "Herakles," "Iolaos," "Artemis," "Aphrodite" On the shoulder: On the left, from the top, ΟΤΕΥΣΠ On the right, from the top, ΣΠΕΧΣΙ In the body, all in retrograde inscriptions: ΗΕΡΜΕS ΔΕΜΕΤΕΡ ΗΕΡΑΚLΕS ΙΟLΕΟS ΑΡΤΕΜΙS [Α]ΦΡΟΔΙΤΕ


By 1967: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., December 13, 1967

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund

Greek, Archaic Period, about 560–550 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 2, pl. 69, 2-4; 70


Height: 42 cm (16 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure


The Ancient World