c. 30 BC–AD 20
Bronze with silver and copper inlays
Overall: 14.5 x 8 cm (5 11/16 x 3 1/8 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1987.2
Hercules is the Roman name for the classical hero known in Greek as Herakles.
This bronze statuette is a nude figure of the hero Hercules. He stands in a contrapposto pose, with the majority of his weight on one leg. Over his left arm, Hercules holds the skin of the Nemean Lion, having slayed the beast as part of his Twelve Labors and now carrying the pelt as a trophy. Although now mostly lost, Hercules once held his signature wooden club in his right hand. Roman artists often portrayed Hercules as middle-aged, as though greater maturity would increase his power and virility.
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