Attributed to the Hesperides Painter
Date: early 4th century B.C.
Culture: Greek, Attic
Medium: Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions: H. 18 in. (45.7 cm)
diameter 11 1/8 in. (28.3 cm)
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1924
Accession Number: 24.97.5
A major labor of Herakles was to bring to Mycenae the golden apples of the Garden of the Hesperides, which lay far to the west and which was guarded by the serpent Ladon. In the usual account, Herakles kills Ladon and takes the apples. However, in the scene on this hydria, the Garden of the Hesperides appears to have become a sanctuary of Dionysos, and Pan, part goat and part man, observes the affair.