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Identification and Creation
Object Number
The Geras Painter, Greek (active 480 BCE `)
Pelike (wine container): Striding Herakles
Work Type
c. 490-480 BCE
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Attica
Archaic period
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
h. 21.2 x diam. 15.8 cm (8 3/8 x 6 1/4 in.)
Joseph Hoppin collection; purchased in Rome, 1898.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Beazley Archive Database #202582
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Joseph C. Hoppin
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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On one side, Herakles strides along with club in his right hand and carrying a pole with two suspended transport amphorae (storage jars) over left shoulder
On the other side, a satyr a in long skirt draws water, or maybe even wine, from a well.
Publication History

Joseph Clark Hoppin, A Handbook of Attic Red-Figure Vases (Cambridge, 1919), Pl. 12.3-4.

J. D. Beazley, Attische Vasenmaler des rotfigurigen Stils. (Tübingen, 1925), pl. 109, no. 10

Joseph Clark Hoppin and Albert Gallatin, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, U.S.A.: volume 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections, Libraire Ancienne Edouard Champion (Paris, 1926), p. 8, pl. 12, 3-4

J. D. Beazley, [Review of Hoppin C.V.A.], The Journal of Hellenic Studies, Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies (London, England, 1927), 47, p. 148

D. A. Amyx, "A New Pelike by the Geras Painter", American Journal of Archaeology (New York, 1945), vol. 49, no. 4, pp. 508-518, pp. 515-517, no. 24

J. D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1963), p. 174, no. 4

John Oakley, William D. E. Coulson, and Olga Palagia, ed., Athenian Potters and Painters: The Conference Proceedings, Oxbow Books (Oxford, 1997), p. 229, note 128

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC), Artemis (Zürich, Switzerland, 1999), Vol. 4, Herakles 1324 and 3217.

Beth Cohen, ed., Not the Classical Ideal: Athens and the Construction of the Other in Greek Art, Brill Academic Publishers (Leiden) (Leiden, 2000), p. 61

Raimund Wünsche, ed., Herakles, Herkules, Staatliche Antikensammlungen Munchen (Munich, 2003), p. 263, fig. 43.2.

Alan W. Johnston, Trademarks on Greek Vases: Addenda, Aris and Phillips (Warminster, England, 2006)

François Lissarrague, La cite des satyres. Une anthropologie ludique (Athenes, VIe-Ve siecle avant J.-C.) (Paris, 2013), p. 211, fig. 184.

Alexander Heinemann, Der Gott des Gelages: Dionysos, Satyrn und Mänaden auf attischem Trinkgeschirr des 5. Jahrhunderts v. Chr., De Gruyter (Berlin, 2016), pp. 336-337, fig. 214

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