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Heracles Wrestling Triton | Attic black figure vase painting
Museum Collection Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Catalogue No. New York 23.160.1
Beazley Archive No. -
Ware Attic Black Figure
Shape Hydria
Painter Attributed as related to the Antimenes Painter
Date ca. 530 - 520 B.C.
Period Archaic


Heracles wrestles the sea-god Triton in the company of Nereus, the old man of the sea, and Doris or Amphitrite. The marine god has the tail of a fish in place of a lower torso and legs. The hero, wearing a lion-skin cape, grasps him by the chest with legs astride his tail. Nereus is depicted as a balding, white-haired old man holding a staff. The key figures in this scene are labelled on a similar vase from the same period (see image P10.1).


Triton, Nereus, Amphitrite, Doris