- Museum number
Pottery: red-figured pelike: The Shirt of Nessos.
(a) Heracles receiving the poisoned robe. Heracles (short, curly hair and beard, nude) has removed his lion's skin and dropped his club, and steps forward from left to receive a rolled up robe which a figure standing on right offers him. This figure appears from the hair to be male (Lichas?), although wearing a sleeved talaric chiton and a bordered mantle covering the left arm: the hair falls only to the neck in short wavy curls. The forehead of this figure is marked with two wrinkles.
(b) A woman, Deianeira (?), exactly in the same position and dress as Lichas in a: but with long hair looped up and confined with a fillet wound twice round it each way.
Surface slightly decayed. Purple fillet. Brown inner markings. Drawing minute and careful, but figures heavy, the heads being very long in proportion to their width. The hair and beard of Heracles are in raised dots. The muscle on the thigh is curiously indicated. Below and above each side, a strip of egg pattern.
- Production date
- 430BC (circa)
Height: 14.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
See Roscher s.v. Heracles, p. 2236.
The figure on a probably represents Lichas as in Soph. Trachin. II. 757-8.
- On display (G69/dc37)
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number