L3.1 HERACLES & GERYON
|Museum Collection||Staatliche Antikensammlungen, Munich|
|Catalogue No.||Munich 2620|
|Beazley Archive No.||200080|
|Ware||Attic Red Figure|
|Shape||Kylix, Type B|
|Painter||Signed by Euphronios|
|Date||ca 510 - 500 B.C.|
Side A: Heracles battles the three-bodied giant Geryon. The hero is dressed in a lion-skin cape and wields a club in one hand and a bow in the other. Behind him stands the goddess Athena holding a shield emblazoned with the Gorgoneion (Gorgon's head).The two-headed dog Orthrus lies dead at the feat of Geryon its breast pierced by an arrow. Geryon aims his spears at the hero. One of his three bodies is already dead, pierced through the eye by an arrow. He holds three shields, one is inscribed with the symbol of an octopus while the other depicts a winged boar--perhaps loosely representing his father, Chrysaor, twin-brother of the winged horse Pegasus. Geryon's mother, Callirhoe (see other image), stands behind him gesturing suggesting her worry and distress.
Side B: The cattle of Geryon (not shown).