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Hercules wrestling the Nemean Lion.
Hercules is nude except for a red fillet around his head. He is on his knees and holds the lion upside down on his shoulder, grasping the lion's forepaw with his right hand and the lion's shoulders with his left arm.
The lion digs its hind paws into Hercules' shoulders.
To the left, Athena, wearing long hair, a high-crested ornamented helmet with a fillet, an aegis with scales and a fringe of snakes, long chiton, and holding a spear in her right hand. She extends her left hand to Hercules.
On the right, Iolaus moves away to the right, looking back towards Hercules and Athena. He is nude except for a fillet, and has a sword at his side and holds Hercules' club.
Archaic belly amphora from Etruria, H. 0.546 m.
Attributed to the Andocides Painter, 520 BCE
London, British Museum B 193
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