Nov 13, 2009
Nov 13, 2009

Black-Gloss Mesomphalic Phiale (Libation Bowl): Apotheosis of Herakles

Black-Gloss Mesomphalic Phiale (Libation Bowl): Apotheosis of Herakles

200s BC

Ceramic

Diameter: 20.6 cm (8 1/8 in.); Overall: 4.4 cm (1 3/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1926.515

Location

Did you know?

This type of glossy ceramic vessel likely imitates costlier objects made of precious metal.

Description

Four four-horse chariots proceed around the interior of this libation bowl, each driven by a winged Nike (Victory) and accompanied by a flying Eros. Each carries a different figure—Athena, Herakles, Ares, and Dionysos—and small animals race along before the horses. The appearance of Herakles with these Olympians suggests his apotheosis.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Ceramic

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