|Collection:||University Museums, University of Mississippi|
|Summary:||Departure Scene. On shoulder: Herakles and the lion. Predella of lions and boars.|
|Ware:||Attic Black Figure|
|Painter:||Attributed to the Acheloos Painter|
|Attributed By:||D.M. Robinson|
|Date:||ca. 530 BC - ca. 520 BC|
H. 0.36 m., D. 0.245 m.
On the body of the vase, a bearded man leading a horse to the right stands at the center of the composition. He is wrapped in a chlamys and carries a spear. At the left, a woman wearing a peplos holds out both hands, gesturing toward the departing man. At the right, a naked youth stands facing the man, gesturing with his right hand. On the shoulder of the vase, Herakles, at the left, moves toward the lion. Herakles wears a short chiton, a corslet, and a chlamys. He has his quiver over his shoulder, and carries his club in his right hand back ready to hit the lion. Iolaos, wearing a short chiton and chlamys, and holding a club, crouches at the right of the composition. In the predella, two sets of lions and boars confront one another.
The first labor of Herakles was to subdue a lion living near Nemea. Diodorus Siculus (
Although this vase is listed in the museum records as being attributed to the Acheloos Painter, Beazley placed this vase in the Manner of the Antimenes Painter. This latter attribution may be more accurate. Certain features of the vase, especially the depiction of a departure scene and the use of a predella, are not typically found in the Acheloos Painter's work, but are frequently found in the work of the Antimenes Painter and those in his manner — to which group it is attributed by Beazley (
Once in the Robinson collection. Harvard Inv. no. 151. Robinson purchased the vase in 1929 from the Schiller collection, Berlin.