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Attic Black-Figure Amphora

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Attic Black-Figure Amphora


Attributed to Leagros Group (Greek (Attic), active 525 - 500 B.C.)


Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece (Place Created)


about 510 B.C.



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43 × 28.2 cm (16 15/16 × 11 1/8 in.)

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Object Description

The vase is reconstructed from fragments. Side A: Herakles and the Erymanthean boar. Herakles, dressed in his lionskin and carrying his quiver, bow, and sword, holds the huge boar head down on his shoulder. He steps up with one foot onto the pithos in which Eurystheus cowers with arms upraised. The scene is flanked by Athena (with spear and shield) and another female onlooker. Side B: Departure of a warrior. In the centre, a hoplite with low-crested Corinthian helmet, spear and round shield (blazon: recumbent dog?) stands facing left, accompanied by a dog. Before him, an old man with a scepter gestures with his right hand, while a woman looks on from the right, also gesturing. The warrior’s shield and much of the woman’s drapery are a reddish colour, due to misfiring. On the neck, addorsed palmettes; below the handles, complex palmette tendril patterns; below the figural scenes, bands of interlinked upright lotus buds and upright rays. The foot is painted black.

by 1968 - 1983

Walter Bareiss, American, born Germany, 1919 - 2007 and Molly Bareiss, American, 1920 - 2006 (Stamford, Connecticut), distributed to the Molly S. Bareiss 1983 trust, 1983.

1983 - 1986

Mary S. Bareiss 1983 Trust, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.

Weltkunst aus Privatbesitz (May 18 to August 4, 1968)
  • Kunsthalle Köln (Cologne), May 18 to August 4, 1968

May, Helmut, ed. Weltkunst aus Privatbesitz, exh. cat. (Cologne: Druckerei J. P. Bachem, 1968), no. A 26, pl. 9.

Brommer, Frank. "Herakles und Theseus auf Vasen in Malibu," Greek Vases in the J. Paul Getty Museum 2. Occasional Papers on Antiquities 3 (1985), pp. 183-228, fig. 14 (as S.80.AE.232).

"Acquisitions/1986." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 15 (1987), pp. 160-61, no. 7.

Clark, Andrew J. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. The J. Paul Getty Museum 1 (USA 23). Malibu: 1988, pp. 34-35; pls. 32, 1-2; 33, 4; 35, 1-2.

Boardman, John, et al. "Herakles." In Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae V (1990), pp. 1-192, p. 45, no. 2124.

Spivey, Nigel and Squire, Michael. Panorama of the Classical World (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2004), p. 88, fig. 138.