Terracotta hydria (water jar)
Attributed to an artist related to the Antimenes Painter
On the body, Herakles and Triton
On the shoulder, combat of warriors between two fleeing woman
In the predella, animals
Triton was a sea-creature born of Poseidon, god of the sea, and Amphitrite. The combat between Poseidon and Herakles was popular during the later sixth century B.C. and is particularly appropriate to hydriai. This encounter has no story but mainly highlights the strength and resourcefulness of Herakles. The warriors on the neck may be Achilles and Memnon, identifiable by their mothers who witnessed the duel.