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Peleus, Thetis & Nereids | Attic red figure vase painting
Museum Collection The J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu
Catalogue No. Malibu 77.AE.11
Beazley Archive No. 201704
Ware Attic Red Figure
Shape Krater, Volute
Painter Attributed to the Kleophrades Painter
Date ca 490 B.C.
Period Late Archaic


Side A: Labours of Heracles (see other images).
Side B: Peleus wrestles the Nereid Thetis seeking to capture her as his bride (the pair are obscured in a damaged portion of the vase). The hero is supported by the centaur Chiron who is depicted as a man wearing a chiton with the torso and rear legs of a horse attached to his rump. The wrestlers are surrounded by four fleeing Nereids who rush towards their parents, Nereus and Doris, at the opposite ends of the scene. Nereus is depicted as an old man seated on a stool with a gnarled staff in his hand.

This image is a montage of several photos of the vase.


Thetis, Nereids, Nereus, Doris, Chiron


Thumbnail Nereus & Nereid

P12.1B Nereus

Thumbnail Doris & Nereid

P12.1C Doris

Thumbnail Heracles & Hydra

M13.3 Hydra

Thumbnail Heracles & Hesperian Dragon

M24.1 Ladon