The tunic of Nessus – Sculpture by Addé 2019
The tunic of Nessus
Heracles asked the centaur Nessus to help his wife Deianeira cross the river Euenos.
Once on the other bank, Nessus tried to rape Deianeira, so Herakles shot him with an arrow which had been dipped in the poisonous blood of the Lernaean Hydra.
Before he drew his final breath, Nessus convinced Deianeira his bloodstained tunic, in fact a chiton, would ensure that her husband would be faithful to her forever.
But Nessus’ blood was spiked with the Hydra’s blood.
Years later, Deianeira fearing her husband was being unfaithful, had him wear the tunic, but it started to burn and hurt Heracles so deeply, he threw himself in a funeral pyre to end the unbearable pain, and died.
Then Deianeira, remorsefully committed suicide.
A sculpture as a reminder there are poisoned chalices.
A sculpture as a reminder there are poisoned chalices