Side B: wrestlers in center, upper half

Side A: oblique from left

Handle: rabbit

Side B: wrestlers on right, upper half

Side A: Athena

Side A: woman on right, upper half

Collection: Berlin, Antikenmuseen
Summary: Side A: Herakles and Apollo struggling for the tripodSide B: wrestling
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Andokides Painter
Potter: Signed by Andokides
Context: From Vulci
Date: ca. 525 BC

H. with lid 58.2 cm.

Primary Citation: ARV2, 3.1, 1617; Para, 320; Beazley Addenda 2, 149
Shape: Amphora
Beazley Number: 200001
Region: Etruria
Period: Archaic


The vase is is excellent condition, having suffered only minor discoloration.

Decoration Description:

Side A: Herakles and Apollo struggling for the tripod. Herakles has the tripod and is trying to escape with it. He strides to the left but looks back over his shoulder at Apollo, who has grabbed one leg of the tripod. He holds his bow in his free hand. Herakles wears a short, pleated tunic, his lionskin belted over it and tied around his shoulders. His beard is painted dark red. Apollo wears a tunic with a short, pleated skirt and a short mantle draped over his shoulder. There is a thin fillet over his long hair. He has sideburns but is unbearded. On the left, Athena, in full panoply, stands watching the struggle. She wears a chiton with an overfold, and a piece of heavier, embroidered fabric is wrapped tightly over it from waist to knee. Her aegis is positioned over her right shoulder so that the Gorgon head is seen in full frontal-face, the snakes shown as separate, projecting attachments. She wears bracelets and her characteristic high-crested helmet. On the right another woman stands watching, holding a stylized flower to her nose. Another 'flower' is held in her other hand. She is dressed in a long chiton and mantle, and wears elaborate earrings and a wreath.

Side B: wrestlers. Two pairs wrestle while a trainer watches. The central pair lunge toward one another, their left legs crossed. The man on the right has wrapped his arms around the other man, grabbing his right elbow from behind his back. The left-hand man in return grips his free hand by the wrist. The man on the left is bearded; the other man's face is partly hidden behind the other man's shoulder. On the right, a young man with side-burns has lifted a bearded man to his shoulder, his arms locked around the man's waist and his legs bent to take the weight. The bearded man has grabbed the younger man's forearms, trying to loosen his grip. The bearded man is shown frontal-face. He has a thin mustache as well as a beard, and his chin-length hair is parted in the middle. The younger man wears sideburns. A mantle hangs between the two pairs and a neck-handled amphora stands below it. On the far left a young man with long hair and sideburns (the trainer) stands watching. He holds a long staff and sniffs a large rose. His long hair falls in tresses over his shoulders and down his back. He wears a rosette-decorated mantle wrapped to leave one shoulder bare and his head partially covered. The index and middle fingers of the staff-holding hand are held out straight.

A crouching hare is depicted at the base of each handle.

Shape Description:

The amphora has a lid.


Incised on the foot: *A*N*D*O*K*I*D*E*S *E*P*O*E*S*E*N, Andokides made it (or me)

Collection History:

The vase was found in a grave chamber at the foot of a "Cucumella" in Vulci, and was subsequently acquired by the museum.

Sources Used:

Simon & Hirmer 1976, pl. 81-85.

Other Bibliography:

Greifenhagen A.K. pl. 30-32.