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Heracles & Geryon | Attic black figure vase painting
Museum Collection -
Catalogue No. -
Beazley Archive No. -
Ware Attic Black Figure
Shape Amphora
Painter -
Date ca 550 - 540 B.C.
Period Archaic


Heracles battles the three-bodied giant Geryon. The hero wears a lion-skin cape, has a quiver strapped to his back and shoots arrows from a bow. Geryon has the lower body of a man which divides into three torsos at the waist. Each of these is equipped with a spear, shield and helm, and a pair of double-wings extend from his back. The slain herdsman Eurytion lies at the feet of Geryon, and the dead two-headed dog Orthrus before Heracles. The hero is supported by his patron-goddess Athena whose aegis-cloak is adorned six large, undulating serpents. Behind her stand the cattle of the giant.

This image is a drawing of the vase rather than a photograph.


Geryon, Orthrus, Athena


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L3.6 Geryon