O20.3 HERAKLES WRESTLING NEREUS OR AKHELOIOS
Museum Collection: Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, USA
Catalogue Number: Toledo 1956.69
Beazley Archive Number: 302296
Ware: Attic Black Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Painter of Vatican G43
Date: 530 BC
Herakles wrestles a shape-shifting, fish-tailed god, either Nereus or Akheloios. The observers may be the sea gods Poseidon and Amphitrite on one side, Nereus and Doris on the other; or alternatively the old man may be King Oineus, and the woman Deianeira, and the others Poseidon and Athene.
The apotheosis of Herakles is depicted on the shoulder of the vase (not shown here).