Black-Figure Oinochoe (Wine Pitcher)
circa 550 BCE-500 BCE
6th century BCE
13.9 cm (5 1/2 in.)
Medium and Support:
Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund and the James R. Dougherty, Jr. Foundation, 1980
The Greek hero Herakles fights the Nemean Lion to tackle the first of his twelve labors. The skin of this lion will become his most prominent attribute. The weapons left hanging in the tree remind the viewer that he killed the beast with his bare hands. Iolaos, Herakles’ nephew, extends a club over the hero as a gesture of assistance.