M19.5 HERACLES & THE NEMEAN LION
|Museum Collection||British Museum, London|
|Catalogue No.||London 1839,1109.2|
|Beazley Archive No.||200008|
|Painter||Attributed to the Andokides Painter|
|Date||ca. 520 - 500 B.C.|
Heracles wrestles the Nemean Lion as the first of his twelve labours. The hero throws the beast over his shoulder as the goddess Athena and youth Iolaus watch on. Athena holds a spear and wears a helm and serpent-trimmed aegis cape. Iolaus carries his uncle's sword and club--weapons of no use against the beast's impervious hide.