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Belly Amphora with the Reclamation of Helen and Herakles and Kerberos
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Belly Amphora with the Reclamation of Helen and Herakles and Kerberos


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Description In another of his labors, Herakles has returned from the underworld with Kerberos, the multi-headed dog who guards its entrance, while the messenger-god Hermes leads the way, with two women looking on. On the back, a warrior draws his sword on a modestly veiled woman in the presence of two onlookers; this scene has been identified as Menelaos' recovery of Helen after the capture of Troy.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
7/01/1936Treatmentother
10/01/1945Treatmentcleaned; repaired; loss compensation; coated
11/17/2008Treatmentcleaned; stabilized; reconstructed; loss compensation; coated
Exhibitions
  • Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; San Diego Museum Of Art, San Diego; Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), New York. 2009-2011.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome, before 1897, no. 189; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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Period
540-530 BCE (Archaic)
Medium
terracotta; black figure
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.16
Measurements
H: 19 x W: 12 5/8 x Diameter at rim: 7 15/16 in. (48.2 x 32.07 x 20.2 cm)
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