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M19.5 HERACLES & THE NEMEAN LION

Heracles & Nemean Lion | Attic bilingual vase painting
DETAILS
Museum Collection British Museum, London
Catalogue No. London B193
Beazley Archive No. 200008
Ware Attic Bilingual
Shape Amphora, Belly
Painter Attributed to the Andokides Painter
Date ca 520 B.C.
Period Archaic

DESCRIPTION

Heracles wrestles the Nemean Lion as the first of his twelve labours. The hero throws the beast over his shoulder as the goddess Athena and youth Iolaus watch on. Athena holds a spear and wears a helm and serpent-trimmed aegis cape. Iolaus carries his uncle's sword and club--weapons of no use against the beast's impervious hide.

ARTICLES

Nemean Lion, Athena