On 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
A Greek stamnos is a red figure wide-mouthed jar with an offset neck, often lidded, and usually has two handles. The stamnos was used like a krater for mixing wine and water.
Like an amphora, the vase was also used as a general storage jar for liquids and small food stuffs. Getty.
Un parasite voulait s’allonger ; n’ayant pas de coussin, il demanda à l’esclave de lui glisser un vase sous la tête. Extrait du Philogélos de Hiéroclés et Philagrios. 265 blagues. II ou IV ° av J.C.