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Mastoid (Drinking Cup)

A work made of terracotta, black-figure.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, black-figure.


500-480 BCE


Attributed to the Manner of the Haimon Painter
Greek; Athens

About this artwork

This drinking cup depicts Herakles’s fight with the Cretan Bull, represented twice in the continuous frieze around the vase; there is a long dotted vine or ivy branch above. The hero stoops low to grasp the bull by one horn, forcing it to its knees. Behind him, as if suspended in the branch, is his cloak and his sword in its scabbard. To the left of one scene crouches a figure with a cloak around one arm and a club (presumably Iolaos with Herakles’s club), while to the left of the second version of the scene is a striding Athena, arm outstretched and covered with her snake-lined aegis - she wears a helmet and carries a spear.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Mastoid (Drinking Cup)


Athens (Object made in)

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500 BCE–480 BCE


terracotta, black-figure


8.5 × 10 × 10 cm (3 7/16 × 4 × 4 in.)

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