Fragment of a limestone group of Herakles, Iolaos, and the Hydra
late 6th or early 5th century B.C.
Overall: 2 3/8 x 3 3/8 x 6 7/8 in. (6 x 8.6 x 17.5 cm)
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Not on view
The plinth is broken on one side. It preserves two fragmentary bodies of snakes, one of which has zigzag scales. A sandaled foot stands on one of the tails and the right hand of the figure cuts the other tail with a sickle (harpe). The foot of a second figure stands on the end of the plinth.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1108, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.