Black-figured Lekythos with Heracles fighting the Cretan Bull

Culture: Greek/Attic
Period: 5th century B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 19.4 cm high
Price: Reserved
Ref: 2315
Provenance: French private collection Pierre, Claude & Jeanine Verité, acquired between 1930 and 1980.
Condition: Except for some color chippings intact.
Description: Black-figured lekythos depicting Heracles fighting against the Cretan bull. As the seventh task Heracles is ordered to tame the bull and to bring him to the King of Mycenae. The hero is depicted nude grabbing the bull’s body on the side, the bull with a lowered head in an attacking position. On each of the scene’s outer sides two female figures in long gowns. On the neck encircling tongue decoration. Details in red.