AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED AMPHORA (TYPE B)
Attributed to the Swing Painter, Circa 540-520 B.C.
The obverse with Herakles dispatching Kyknos, the hero clad in a short chiton and his lion-skin, which is knotted around his neck, a quiver over his shoulder, defending against Kyknos' shield with his left hand and thrusting his sword with his right into Kyknos' chest, who has collapsed, blood issuing from his wound, Kyknos clad in a short white chiton, armed with a crested Corinthian helmet, his beard and long braids visible below, a spear in his left hand, the hero's patron Athena standing to the left, wearing a long peplos and a himation, armed with a shield and crested helmet, a spear in her upraised hand, and Kyknos' father Ares to the right, the god armed with a crested Corinthian helmet, a corslet and greaves, a spear in his raised right hand, a shield in his left with a bearded head protome as the device, wearing a patterned short chiton and a chlamys over his shoulders, a band of lotus-palmette chain above; the reverse with a departure scene, a warrior in the center standing along side his horse, the reins and two spears in his hand, wearing a petasos, chlamys and boots, a warrior to the right behind his shield, a leaf as the device, wearing a crested Corinthian helmet, greaves and a chlamys, and a warrior to the left wearing a corslet, crested Corinthian helmet and greaves, a baldric over his right shoulder, holding a spear in his right hand, a lotus bud and palmette chain above; rays above the foot, details in added red and white
18 5/8 in. (47.3 cm) high