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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar) with double handles

Attributed to the Diosphos Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) Diameter 3 15/16 in. (10 cm.)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.178
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, Herakles and Kerberos at the house of Hades; meaningless inscriptions
Reverse, Hermes and Athena; meaningless inscriptions

Kerberos, the mythical guard dog of Hades, is depicted with two heads. One head bites the loop of the leash; with the other, Kerberos catches the tail of Herakles' lion's skin in his jaws.
1928. Sotheby's Sale Catalogue July 5, 1928..

Haspels, Caroline Henriette Emilie. 1936. Attic Black-Figured Lekythoi. no. 155, p. 240, Paris: E. de Boccard.

Chase, George H. and Mary Z. Pease. 1942. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, United States of America: Fogg Museum and Gallatin Collections, Fasc. 8.. p. 39, pl. 2a-b, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 74 n. 78, 216, pl. 56d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Oliver-Smith, Philip. 1970. "Architectural Elements on Greek Vases before 400 B.C. Ph.D. diss." Ph.D. Diss. p. 289. New York University.

von Bothmer, Dietrich and Prof. Mary B. Moore. 1976. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. United States of American. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Attic Black-Figured Neck-Amphorae, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Fascicule 4.. pl. 50, 5-6, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. pp. 50, 509, 703, no. 155, Add. 1, pp. 508-10, New York: Hacker Art Books.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Hades, no. 147; Herakles, no. 2597, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Gebauer, Jörg. 2002. Pompe und Thysia: Attische Tieropferdarstellungen auf schwarz- und rotfigurigen Vasen. p. 82 n 380, Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.

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