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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Pottery: black-figured amphora with borders of lotus buds above designs.
    Side A: Herakles fetching Kerberos from Hades: Herakles hauls the two-headed Kerberos by a chain; on farther side of the latter is Hermes; on right, Persephone in the palace of Hades, indicated by a Doric column.
    Side B: Two heroes playing pessi on a block of stone, before which stands a statue of Athena; one has tripod as shield-device, the other's is inscribed όχο


  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 490BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 43.8 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • CVA British Museum 3 III H e, Pl. 34, 3 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G69/dc36

  • Exhibition history


    1991 8 Jan-24 Mar, Birmingham Museum and City Art Gallery, Man’s Best Friend

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


Pottery: black-figured amphora: Herakles leading away Kerberos.

Pottery: black-figured amphora: Herakles leading away Kerberos.

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