Attributed to the Nausicaä Painter
Date: ca. 460–450 B.C.
Culture: Greek, Attic
Medium: Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions: H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)
diameter without handles 11 5/16 in. (28.7 cm)
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1925
Accession Number: 25.28
Herakles was one of the twins conceived on a night when Alkmene, wife of Amphitryon, was visited by both her husband and the god Zeus. Angered by his infidelity, Zeus' wife Hera attempted to kill the infant Herakles by sending two snakes to his cradle where he slept. On this red-figure hydria, the young hero strangles them in the presence of his parents, his twin brother Iphikles, and Athena, his protective goddess.