Terracotta hydria: kalpis (water jar)

Attributed to the Nausicaä Painter

Period: Classical

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)

Classification: Vases

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.