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, the greatest of the Greek heroes, was one of twins conceived in a night when Alkmene, the wife of Amphitryon, was visited by both her husband and the god Zeus. Angered by his infidelity, Zeus's wife, Hera, tried to kill the infant Herakles with snakes. Here the child strangles them in the presence of his parents and Athena, his protective goddess.