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This is a modern depiction of the battle between Hercules and the Nemean lion. Even today, the myth shows up in modern art. There is no artistic credit available, other than it was created by Weta Workshop.


Balaclava in the form of a Nemean lion from a all'antica ensemble with Buckler (A 693A) | Filippo Negroli | dated 1541


Nemean Lion (Greek) - An enormous monstrous lion with a skin so tough that no weapon can penetrate it. Its thick black manes are covered in arrows and other weapons. Nemean Lions are also known as Golden Lions or Dire Lions, the best way to kill them is to drown them or to strangle them, but with very great strength this creature can only be strangled by more powerful creatures.


Hercules wearing the lion skin Boston 99.538, Attic bilingual amphora, ca. 525-500 B.C. Photograph courtesy,Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. H. L. Pierce Fund


Front panel from a sarcophagus with the Labours of Heracles: from left to right, the Nemean Lion, the Lernaean Hydra, the Erymanthian Boar, the Ceryneian Hind, the Stymphalian birds, the Girdle of Hippolyta, the Augean stables, the Cretan Bull and the Mares of Diomedes. Luni marble, Roman artwork from the middle 3rd century CE.


the Nemean Lion -.. As the son of god/monster Typhon and his lady/snake bride Echidna, this makes this fearsome feline a sibling of some of mythology's greatest monsters: The Sphinx, Cerberus, The Hydra, Chimera, and others.