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Hydra & Heracles | Caeretan black figure vase painting
Museum Collection The J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu
Catalogue No. Malibu 83.AE.346
Beazley Archive No. N/A
Ware Caeretan Black Figure
Shape Hydria
Painter Attributed to the Eagle Painter
Date ca. 525 B.C.
Period Archaic


Heracles and his squire Iolaus battle the nine-headed Lernaean Hydra. Heracles, on the right, brandishes a club in one hand and grabs the serpent by the neck with the other. Iolaus, on the opposite side, does the same, cauterizing the regenerating neck-stumps of the beast with a curved blade and the fire at his feet. The giant crab Carcinus nips the hero's heel.


Hydra, Carcinus