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Heracles & Geryon | Attic red figure vase painting
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.
Period Late Archaic


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).


Geryon, Orthrus, Callirhoe, Athena


Thumbnail Orthrus

L3.1B Orthrus

Thumbnail Callirhoe

L3.1C Callirhoe

Thumbnail Winged Boar

L3.1C Boar