O20.3 HERACLES WRESTLING ACHELOUS OR NEREUS
|Museum Collection||Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo|
|Catalogue No.||Toledo 1956.69|
|Beazley Archive No.||302296|
|Ware||Attic Black Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to the Painter of Vatican G43|
|Date||ca 530 B.C.|
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.