'Hercules and the Hydra', wood relief

'Hercules and the Hydra', wood relief

'Hercules and the Hydra'
Wood relief
Germany (Augsburg)
About 1580
Boxwood
Museum no. A.25-1951
Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh FSA

The subject formed part of the Twelve Labours that Hercules undertook as a penance for slaying his own children in a fit of madness. He killed the seven-headed monster by cutting off its heads, with the help of a companion who cauterised the wounds with a torch.