Attic Black-figure Amphora


by Trustees of the British Museum
published on 11 January 2013

An Attic black-figure neck-amphora (540-530 BCE) depicting Hercules wearing his lion skin and engaged in one of his celebrated 12 labours. The hero wrestles the hind of Keryneia and is breaking off one of its golden horns. On the left stands Athena and on the right Artemis. The amphora was a typical shape in Greek pottery and the designs on this example were commonly used motifs: the palm designs on the neck, the maeander (directly below the figures), the lotus buds (between the two lines of maeander) and the rising points from the base of the vessel. (British Museum, London).

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