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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Diosphos Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
Height: 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Museum Accession
Accession Number:
X.21.15
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, Hera sending out Iris with the Nemean lion
Reverse, Herakles wrestling the Nemean lion

The very rare representation on the obverse depicts a story preserved in Hesiod's Theogony. Hera, queen of the gods, sends out Iris, the divine messenger, with the lion that will ravage the region of Nemea. On the other side, Herakles wrestles with the lion as Athena stands by to assure a successful outcome.
Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. pp. 3-4, fig. 17, New York: Plantin Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Hera, no. 390; Herakles, nos. 1835, 1915, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1990. Herakles-Kenchrias, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 5. Iris I, no. 70, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

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