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Heracles & Achelous | Attic black figure vase painting
Museum Collection Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo
Catalogue No. Toledo 1952.65
Beazley Archive No. 302119
Ware Attic Black Figure
Shape Amphora, Neck
Painter Attributed to the Leagros Group
Date ca. 510 - 500 B.C.
Period Late Archaic


Heracles wrestles the river-god Achelous, grasping him by horn and beard. The deity is depicted as a centaur-like creature with the lower body of a bull. He wields a pair of stones and is surrounded by the coiling branches of a small tree. The hero has a bow and quiver strapped to his back and a sword scabbarded at the waist. A knotted club lies by his feet.


Achelous, Centaurs