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Labor of Heracles, the Cattle of Geryon | Greek vase, Athenian red figure

L3.1 HERAKLES & GERYONES

Museum Collection: Antikensammlungen, Munich, Germany
Catalogue Number: Munich 2620
Beazley Archive Number: 200080
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Shape: Kylix, type B
Painter: Signed by Euphronios
Date: ca 510 - 500 BC
Period: Late Archaic

SUMMARY

Side A: Herakles battles the three-bodied giant Geryones. The hero is dressed in his familiar lion-skin cape, and wields a club in one hand and bow in the other. Behind him stands the goddess Athene in support. She holds a shield emblazoned with the Gorgoneion (gorgon head). At the feet of the combatants the two headed guard dog Orthros lies dead on its back, pierced with arrows. Geryon aims his spears at the hero. One of his three bodies is already slain, pierced through the eye by an arrow. Two of his shields are shown, one is inscribed with an octopus, the other with the symbol of a winged boar (perhaps representing his father Khrysaor, twin brother of the winged horse Pegasos). Geryon's mother, Kallirhoe (not shown in this image), stands behind him, fretting over her son.
Side B: The cattle of Geryones (not shown)

ARTICLESGeryones, Orthros, Khrysaor, Kallirhoe, Athene

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