O16.2 HERACLES & THE CENTAUR PHOLUS
|Museum Collection||British Museum, London|
|Catalogue No.||London 1837,0609.42|
|Beazley Archive No.||-|
|Ware||Attic Black Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to the Antimenes Painter|
|Date||ca. 520 B.C.|
The centaur Pholus welcomes Heracles to his cave. Pholus is depicted as a typical centaur with the upper body of a man and the lower form of a horse. He holds a branch strung with the fruits of the hunt (a hare and game birds) in one hand and extends the other in a gesture of greeting. A pet fawn stands by his feet.
Heracles greets the Centaur's with outstretched hand. His club rests lightly on his shoulder, draped with his lion-skin cape, and a quiver, bow and sheathed sword hang loosely from his side.
Hermes sits behind the pair in his role as the god of hospitality. He holds a herald's wand and wears a striped chlamys cloak, peaked petasos cap and winged boots (the "wings" face forward).
Detail of the Centaur Pholus.