AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED WHITE-GROUND KYATHOS
GROUP OF VATICAN G57, CIRCA 515-505 B.C.
With a battle between Herakles and a warrior, perhaps Kyknos, depicted between large eyes with brows, the hero clad in his lionskin, holding his club in his right hand, leaning forward and grasping the edge of the warrior's shield, a tripod as the blazon, the nude warrior crouching low, his head turned back, his left elbow against his bent left knee, his right leg outstretched behind, armed with a high-crested Chalcidian helmet, the crown decorated with a plume, vines in the field; a crouching warrior on either side of the high-arching handle, each armed with a crested Corinthian helmet, spear and shield, the blazon of each shield in relief framed by two spheres and a crescent, one with a satyr mask, the other with a bearded snake; details in added red and white
6 in. (15.2 cm.) high as restored