M13.1 HYDRA & HERACLES
|Museum Collection||The J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu|
|Catalogue No.||Malibu 83.AE.346|
|Beazley Archive No.||N/A|
|Ware||Caeretan Black Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to the Eagle Painter|
|Date||ca. 525 B.C.|
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.