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Attic Black-Figure Hydria

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Attic Black-Figure Hydria


Attributed to Lykomedes Painter (Greek (Attic))


Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece (Place Created)


520–510 B.C.



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37 × 33 × 25.2 cm (14 9/16 × 13 × 9 15/16 in.)

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Object Description

On the shoulder: Herakles and the Nemean Lion. Herakles' face is largely hidden as he wrestles the lion to the ground. Behind Herakles, Athena with shield and spear, and Iolaos with bow and club. To the right of the lion, Hermes. Suspended above Herakles and the lion are Herakles' sword (in its scabbard), quiver and drapery. On the body: Herakles and Apollo struggling for the tripod. Herakles (in chiton and lionskin) walks to the right, looking back at Apollo (nude with quiver and bow; tattoo on inner right thigh) who pursues him, with one hand on a tripod leg, the other upwards in exclamation. Behind Apollo, Artemis (polos, bow, quiver, gesturing with left hand). At far right, Athena, with spear, and gesturing with her right hand.The names of the figures are inscribed in the genitive case. Ornament: above the shoulder frieze, tongues; on the shoulder, battlement meander; either side of the main panel, ivy leaves; below, predella of upright lotus buds; rays below. White ground survives on edge of torus lip and foot. Three red circles at upper attachment of vertical handle (within the mouth) in imitation of rivets.


Private Collection [sold, Auktion 22, Kunstwerke der Antike: Skulpturen, Bronzen, Terrakotten, Keramik, Goldschmuck, Munzen und Medaillen, Basel, May 13, 1961, lot 137, to Walter and Molly Bareiss.]

1961 - about 1983

Walter Bareiss, American, born Germany, 1919 - 2007 and Molly Bareiss, American, 1920 - 2006, distributed to the Walter Bareiss Children Usufruct, around 1983.

about 1983 - 1986

Walter Bareiss Children Usufruct, 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
Greek Vases and Modern Drawings from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Walter Bareiss (June 13 to October 5, 1969)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), June 13 to October 5, 1969

Munzen und Medaillen, Basel. Auktion 22, May 13, 1961, lot 137; pls. 39-40.

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Mertens, Joan R. Attic White-Ground: Its Development on Shapes other than Lekythoi. New York: 1977, p. 49, no. 8.

Bothmer, Dietrich von. "The Struggle for the Tripod." Festschrift fuer Frank Brommer. U. Hockman and A. Krug, eds. Mainz: 1977. pp. 51-63, p. 55, no. 55.

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Norfolk, Lawrence. In the Shape of a Boar (New York: Grove Press, 2001), p. 4n12.

Müller, J-M., "Schöner Nonsens, Sinnloses Kalos? Ein Strukturvergleich zweier Anpassungsfähiger Inschriftenformen der Attischen Vasenmalerei." In Topfer-Maler-Schreiber. R. Wachter, ed. (Akanthus: Zurich, 2016), p, 106, footnote 51 (cited as AVI 4991).