Drunken Herakles

Greek, South Italian
late Classsical
400–350 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Italy, Medma

Dimensions

10.5 cm (4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.97

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of a seated grotesque figure representing Herakles identified by the club in his right hand and the lion skin on his head. He is large bellied, dolichophallic and with grotesque features, is seated with left leg drawn up and head resting on left hand, apparently sleepy and drunken. A figure that refers to the popular type in Middle and New Comedy of the drunken and gluttonous Herakles

Provenance

By 1912: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: From Mesma.); gift of E. P. Warren to MFA, January 2, 1913

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren