Etruscan Black-Figure Column Krater
An ancient Etruscan black -figure column krater, the obverse with a scene of Herakles, nude except for a lion skin over his shoulders, raising his club to attack a centaur who twists and uproots a tree in defense. The reverse depicts two nude hoplites engaged in hand-to-hand combat, each wearing a Corinthian helmet and brandishing a short sword.
Ca. 500-490 BC.
The vase is by the Micali painter or one of his close followers active at the turn of the 6th century BC in Tarquinia.
Confer for a similar amphora from Tarquinia: N.J. Spivey, The Micali Painter and his Followers, (1987), p. 32, fig. 34b.
Formerly art market, Freiburg, Germany, 1996; with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1999; Florida private collection.