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O20.3 HERACLES WRESTLING ACHELOUS OR NEREUS

Heracles & Achelous | Attic black figure vase painting
DETAILS
Museum Collection Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo
Catalogue No. Toledo 1956.69
Beazley Archive No. 302296
Ware Attic Black Figure
Shape Hydria
Painter Attributed to the Painter of Vatican G43
Date ca 530 B.C.
Period Archaic

DESCRIPTION

Heracles wrestles a fish-tailed god--either Nereus or the river Achelous. The deity has the head, arms and chest of a man with the serpentine tail of a fish in place of the lower torso and legs. The hero wears a lion-skin cape and holds the god securely about the chest. The wrestlers are surrounded by four figures--the god Poseidon holding a trident, two women or goddesses, and an old man. The woman beside Poseidon is probably either Amphitrite or Athena. If the main figure is Achelous, the figures on the right would be King Oeneus and his daughter Deianira.

ARTICLES

Achelous, Nereus