Attic black-figure cup showing Herakles fighting the Nemean lion - ROM2018_16778_22

ROM2018_16778_22

Attic black-figure cup showing Herakles fighting the Nemean lion

Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-painted with incised detail
Geography: Made in Athens, Greece; perhaps found near Orvieto, Etruria, Italy
Date: about 550-530 BC
Period: Greek Archaic period
Dimensions:
13 x 21.2 cm
Object number: 919.5.75
Credit Line: Sigmund Samuel Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece
DescriptionThe decorative frieze on this Athenian wine cup (known as a kylix or band cup) shows one of the labours of Herakles. On one side  of the cup Herakles chases the Nemean Lion, flanked by a pair of sirens and a pair of palmettes. On the other side  Herakles attacks the Nemean Lion with his club, flanked by a pair of sirens, who look away, and a pair of palmettes.
Collection:
Greek World
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