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Heracles Wrestling Triton | Attic black figure vase painting
Museum Collection Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo
Catalogue No. Toledo 1956.69
Beazley Archive No. 302296
Ware Attic Black Figure
Shape Hydria
Painter Attributed to the Painter of Vatican G43
Date ca. 530 B.C.
Period Archaic


Heracles wrestles the fish-tailed sea-god Triton. The deity has the head, arms and chest of a man with the serpentine tail of a fish in place of a lower torso and legs. A row of three, small dolphins dive beneath him. The hero wears a lion-skin cape and grasps the god about the chest. The wrestlers are surrounded by four figures--Poseidon, holding a trident, and his wife Amphitrite on the left, and her parents Nereus, the old man of the sea, and Doris on the right. The main figures of this scene are labelled on a similar vase from the same period (see image P10.1).


Triton, Poseidon, Amphitrite, Nereus, Doris