Limestone statuette of the Triple Geryon


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Geryon was a three-bodied creature who lived far to the west with his dog Orthos or Orthros, the herdsman Eurytion, and a large number of cattle. One of the labors of the hero Herakles was to obtain the herd, which he did. The subject was popular in Greek and Cypriot art during the late sixth and early fifth centuries B.C.

Limestone statuette of the Triple Geryon, Limestone, Cypriot

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