Caeretan Hydria, about 525 B.C.

hydrie-herculeOn this black-figure hydria, the Greek hero Herakles battles the Lernean Hydra while a large crab nips at his foot.

His companion Iolaos attacks from the other side, cutting off one of the monster’s heads with a harpe or short curved sword. Two sphinxes flank the handle on the back of the vessel, and floral decoration covers the rest of the vase: an ivy tendril on the shoulder and a palmette and lotus frieze on the lower body. (…) Getty. Continue reading