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M22.3 HERACLES & THE CERYNITIAN HIND

Heracles & Cerynitian Hind | Attic black figure vase painting
DETAILS
Museum Collection British Museum, London
Catalogue No. London B231
Beazley Archive No. 310342
Ware Attic Black Figure
Shape Amphora, Neck
Painter Attributed to the Near Group E
Date -
Period Archaic

DESCRIPTION

Heracles captures the Cerynitian hind as one of his twelve labours but in the process accidentally snaps off one of its horns. The goddess Artemis arrives on the scene to protest the mistreatment of her sacred animal. The hero wears a lion-skin cape and behind him the goddess Athena stands holding his scabbarded sword. Artemis carries a bow.
The antlered hind is a mythic anomaly as female deer don't actually grow horns.

ARTICLES

Cerynitian Hind, Artemis, Athena