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Identification and Creation
Object Number
The Acheloos Painter, Greek (active late 6th century BCE)
Neck Amphora (storage jar): Herakles and Erymanthian Boar; Warrior Farewell Scene
Work Type
510-500 BCE
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Cerveteri (Etruria)
Archaic period
Level 3, Room 3620, University Study Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
40.9 x 27.9 cm (16 1/8 x 11 in.)
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Beazley Archive Database #351253
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of David M. Robinson
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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One side of this amphora depicts what appears to be the farewell of a warrior. At the center of the scene are two figures behind a round shield. One figure is a helmeted warrior, the other a Scythian with a pointed hat. The shield, held by the helmeted warrior, is decorated with a leg-shaped device in added white. The warrior seems to carry two spears, while the Scythian is equipped with a bow-and-arrow case (gorytos) whose tip is visible below the shield. To the left of the two central figures stands a man with a scepter, who may be the warrior's father and is portrayed as elderly by his white hair and receding hairline. To the right is a woman lifting her hand wrapped in her mantle, as if to wipe away tears. The clothing of both the elderly man and the woman is decorated in added red, and the woman wears a red wreath.

The other side of the amphora depicts Herakles slaying the Erymanthian boar with his club. Herakles is equipped with a quiver and a scabbard. To the right of him appears the god Hermes. In the background is a tree, indicating the outdoors setting of this scene. Details are rendered in added red and white. The areas under the handles are decorated with palmettes.
Publication History

David Moore Robinson, "Unpublished Greek Vases in the Robinson Collection", American Journal of Archaeology (Jan., 1956), vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 1-25, pp. 10-11, pl. 7 figs. 33-35a

J. D. Beazley, Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1971), p. 169, no. 4bis

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC), Artemis (Zürich, Switzerland, 1999), Vol. 5, Herakles 2102.

Exhibition History

The David Moore Robinson Bequest of Classical Art and Antiquities: A Special Exhibition, Fogg Art Museum, 05/01/1961 - 09/20/1961

32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/23/2019 - 05/01/2019

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