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Heracles & Hydra | Attic black figure vase painting
Museum Collection Musée du Louvre, Paris
Catalogue No. Louvre CA598
Beazley Archive No. 461
Ware Attic Black Figure (White Ground)
Shape Lekythos
Painter Attributed to the Diosphos Painter
Date ca. 500 - 480 B.C.
Period Late Archaic


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.


Hydra, Carcinus