Obverse, Herakles and TritonReverse, courting scene
Herakles wrestling the sea creature Triton was a particularly appropriate decoration for hydriai (water jars). Though the observers are not central to the action, it is interesting to see how they are treated. When they stand and watch, they seem to be onlookers at the scene. When they sit, as here, they seem to be and audience listening to a story.