Attic Black-Figure Hydria

Lykomedes Painterabout 520 - 510 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

On the shoulder: Herakles and the Nemean Lion. Herakles' face is largely hidden as he wrestles the lion to the ground. Behind Herakles, Athena with shield and spear, and Iolaos with bow and club. To the right of the lion, Hermes. Suspended above Herakles and the lion are Herakles' sword (in its scabbard), quiver and drapery. On the body: Herakles and Apollo struggling for the tripod. Herakles (in chiton and lionskin) walks to the right, looking back at Apollo (nude with quiver and bow; tattoo on inner right thigh) who pursues him, with one hand on a tripod leg, the other upwards in exclamation. Behind Apollo, Artemis (polos, bow, quiver, gesturing with left hand). At far right, Athena, with spear, and gesturing with her left hand.The names of the figures are inscribed in the genitive case. Ornament: above the shoulder frieze, tongues; on the shoulder, battlement meander; either side of the main panel, ivy leaves; below, predella of upright lotus buds; rays below. White ground survives on edge of torus lip and foot. Three red circles at upper attachment of vertical handle in imitation of rivets.

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  • Title: Attic Black-Figure Hydria
  • Creator: Lykomedes Painter
  • Date: about 520 - 510 B.C.
  • Location Created: Athens, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 36.6 x 25.2 cm (14 7/16 x 9 15/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Terracotta
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Hydria
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 86.AE.114
  • Inscription: ARTEMIDES (retrograde); APO[LO]NOS (retrograde); HERAKLEOS; [A]THENAS
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 104A, Gods and Goddesses
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek (Attic)
  • Classification: Vessels


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