Heracles, Deianira and Nessus

Heracles, Deianira and Nessus, black-figure hydria, 575-550 BC Louvre (E 803)

The above scene depicts the scene of Heracles, Deianira, and the centaur Nessus. In Greek mythology, Heracles killed the centaur Nessus with an arrow, and before dying, Nessus gave Deianira a cloak soaked in his blood, claiming that it would serve as a love charm and keep her husband faithful to her forever. However, the blood turned out to be poisonous, and when Deianira gave the cloak to Heracles as a gift, it caused him great pain and eventually led to his death.