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Water jar (hydria) depicting the struggle Herakles and Triton

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Herakles and Triton struggling in presence of draped female and draped male figure. Greek inscriptions in the field. Behind the Nereid, vertically, "Elparetos kalos" (ELPAR[E]T[OS] KALOS); above Triton's tail, "Mnesila" (M[N]ESILA); below, "kale"; to the left of Triton's head, "Amthoe"...

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Behind the Nereid, vertically, ΕLΠΑΡ[Ε]ΤΟ[S] ΚΑLΟS; above Triton’s tail, ΜΝΕSΙLΑ; below, ΚΑLΕ; to the left of Triton’s head, ΑΜΘΟΕ (for Amphithoe); to the right of Herakles, ΚΑLΟS; below, vertically, ΧΟΙΡ[Ο]S ΚΑLΟS.


Said to be from Vulci; by 1836: E. Durand Collection (Vente du cabinet de feu M. le Chevalier E. Durand, Paris, April 25, 1836, lot 303); by 1840: Vicomte Beugnot Collection; 1849: with Christie's, London (auction, June 14-16, 1849, lot 68); by date unknown: W. H. Forman Collection; inherited from him by Mrs. Burt and then, about 1889, by A. H. Browne; by 1899: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London W.C., England (auction of the Forman Collection, June 19-22, lot 283); 1901: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1801

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Archaic Period, About 530–520 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 2, pl. 077.


Height: 49.7 cm (19 9/16 in.); diameter: 34.5 cm (13 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure


The Ancient World