Herakles

Greco-Roman


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 162.

Dimensions

44.5 cm (17 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

88.350

Medium or Technique

Marble from Carrara in northwest Italy

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The nose, the chin, and parts of the lips (?) have been restored in plaster. An outer piece of the left ear is restored in marble. The surfaces have acquired a rich yellow patina, partly cleaned particularly around the eyes.
Herakles wears a crown or rolled fillet, tied with ribbons, in his curly hair. There are “traces of yellow-red color on the eyes and hair.”

Scientific Analysis:
Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.108 / delta18O -1.617, Attribution - Carrara, Justification (Petrographic Analysis) - maximum grain size (0.9, 0.7 mm), Mg present.

Provenance

1888: purchased by R. Lanciani from Augusto Valenzi (origin said to be Rome); purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, 1888, for $491.89 (this is the total purchase price for MFA 88.346–530)

Credit Line

Everett Fund