BLACK-FIGURE ETRUSCAN KRATER;The battle of Herakles vs. the Centaur is rare and quite lively. The black-figure krater depicts on side A thenude figure Herakles except for a lion skin over his shoulders, raising his club to attack a Centaur who twistsand uproots a tree in defense. Side B shows two nude hoplites engaged in battle each wearing a Corinthian helmet and holding raised short swords. It is attributed to the Micali painter active at the turn of the 6th century BC in Tarquinia.
Etruscan late 6th to early 5th century BC.
Provenance: Cf. an amphora from Tarquinia: N.J. Spivey, The Micali Painter and his followers, (1987), p. 32, fig. 34b. Ex. European Art Market, Freiburg, Germany 1996. Royal Athena Gallery NY 1999. Private USA Collection 1999 – 2000’s. Christie’s NY June 6, 2013 lot 657.