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  • Hydria (water jar) with the infant Herakles strangling snakes sent by the goddess Hera, ca. 460–450 b.c.; red–figure
    Greek; Attic
    Attributed to the Nausicaä Painter
    Terracotta; H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)
    Fletcher Fund, 1925 (25.28)

    Herakles was one of the twins conceived on a night when Alkmene, wife of Amphitryon, was visited by both her husband and the god Zeus. Angered by his infidelity, Zeus' wife Hera attempted to kill the infant Herakles by sending two snakes to his cradle where he slept. On this red-figure hydria, the young hero strangles them in the presence of his parents, his twin brother Iphikles, and Athena, his protective goddess.

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  • Hydria (water jar) with the infant Herakles strangling snakes sent by the goddess Hera, ca. 460–450 B.C.; red-figure
    Greek; Attic
    Attributed to the Nausicaä Painter
    Terracotta; H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)
    Fletcher Fund, 1925 (25.28)

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