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O20.7 HERACLES WRESTING ACHELOUS OR NEREUS

Heracles & Nereus | Attic black figure vase painting
DETAILS
Museum Collection Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Catalogue No. Boston 62.1185
Beazley Archive No. -
Ware Attic Black Figure
Shape Hydria
Painter Attributed to the Chiusi Painter
Date ca 520 B.C.
Period Archaic

DESCRIPTION

Heracles wrestles a fish-tailed god--either Nereus or river Achelous. The aquatic deity has the head, arms and chest of a man with the serpentine-tail of a fish in place of a lower torso and legs. The hero wears a lion-skin cape and has a quiver strapped to his back. The wrestlers are flanked by an old man and a woman. If the central figure is Achelous the pair would be King Oeneus and his daughter Deianira.

ARTICLES

Achelous, Nereus