Attic black figure cup - Herakles slaying the Nemean lion
Impressive piece in very good condition. From an old German private collection, acquired in a London gallery between 1976 and 1978.
Cup with a high foot (Kylix)
Red clay with black slip and dark red painting
So-called black figure vase
About 575 - 500 B.C.
Semi-globular deep bowl with a high foot, kylix. The form shows a continuous flow from the lip to the foot, with one sharp edge where the bowl sits on the foot. Two slightly bent handles.
Light red clay with black slip. Inside fully covered with black slip, except for a ca. 40 mm wide central tondo with concentric circles and a central dot. Outside a frieze between the handles, showing the encounter of Heracles with the Nemean lion. Heracles is rushing from the left, his right hand holding his huge club made of olive wood behind the body, the left hand is extended towards the lion. The lion raised to his back feet, the mouth is open wide. His mane and the hair of Heracles are worked in dark red, the rest of the figures in black.
The scene shows the first labour of Heracles.
Diameter 197 mm with and 142 mm without handles, height 95 mm
Impressive piece in excellent condition. Professionally restored from about 10 fragments in a museum quality.
A similar kylix showing the fight between Heracles and the Nemean lion is published in:
Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Heidelberg, Universität 1, Pl. 43.8, 44.1
A kylix showing merely a walking lion which, however, is stylistically very similar to our piece, is published in:
Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Cambridge, Fogg Museum and Gallatin Collections, Pl. 9.3
For further ancient vases and vessels showing the fight between Heracles and the lion, see:
Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art 2, Pl. 31.47A-D, 42.47
Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Baltimore, Robinson Collection 1, Pl. 24.1A-B
Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main 2, Pl. 51.5-6
Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Tübingen, Antikensammlung des Archäologischen Instituts der Universität 3, Pl. 6.1
Acquired by us in 2017 from the private posession of M. Voos, Germany. Inherited by M. Voos from the Germany private collection H. Herbst. Acquired between 1976 and 1978 on the London art market for the Herbst collection and brought to Germany. This piece is probably from Davies Antiques, London.
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