M13.2 HERACLES & HYDRA
|Museum Collection||Musée du Louvre, Paris|
|Catalogue No.||Louvre CA598|
|Beazley Archive No.||461|
|Ware||Attic Black Figure (White Ground)|
|Painter||Attributed to the Diosphos Painter|
|Date||ca. 500 - 480 B.C.|
Heracles battles the nine-headed Lernaean Hydra as one of his twelve labours. The hero wearing a lion-skin cape slices at the heads with his sword while his armoured squire Iolaus applies a burning brand to the neck stumps. A giant crab (which would become the constellation Cancer) nips at the hero with its claws. The goddess Athena stands behind him wearing a helm and snake-trimmed aegis cloak.
This is a montage of several photos of the vase.