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Terracotta oinochoe (jug)

Attributed to the Class of the Red-Bodied Oinochoai III
early 5th century B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 3 13/16 in. (9.7 cm.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The representation of Herakles fighting the Nemean lion is the most common depiction in Archaic Greek art of all the hero's labors. In this scene, Herakles wrestles the lion on the ground, pulling up its hind leg. The skin of the lion was invulnerable; thus, Herakles strangled the beast with his bare hands.
Canessa, Ercole and Arthur Sambon. 1904. Vases Antiques de Terre Cuite: Collection Canessa, Bibliothèque du Musée. no. 51, p. 16, pl. I, Paris.

Richter, Gisela M. A., Marjorie J. Milne, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1922. Shapes of Greek Vases. New York.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. pp. 19-20, fig. 118, New York: Plantin Press.

van Hoorn, Gerard. 1951. Choes and Anthesteria. no. 744, p. 157, Leiden: Brill.

Beazley, John D. 1956. Attic Black-figure Vase-painters. p. 440, no .3, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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