This Roman copy was modeled after an original 4th century B.C. bronze statue of Weary Herakles by the Greek master Lysippos of Sikyon. The version is identified as the "Herakles Farnese" type on the basis of its similarity to a more complete copy in Naples, which shows an aged Herakles holding the Apples of the Hesperides in his right hand, behind his back, and leaning on a club covered with the skin of the Nemean lion and a cloak, which he has placed under his left armpit. Herakles' hair is disheveled, his brow is knotted, and his eyes are sunken.
The "Herakles Farnese" type was very popular in antiquity; many replicas and variants have been identified. This particular example was probably carved in the Hadrianic or Antonine period.
The statue is incomplete. Both arms have been broken off, the left at the elbow, the right higher up. The lower part of this statue, now in the Antalya Museum, was excavated in the South Baths at Perge.
Weary Herakles ("Herakles Farnese" type)
- Roman, Imperial Period, mid- to late 2nd century A.D.
- Overall: 67 cm (26 3/8 in.)
- Medium or Technique
- Marble, probably from Paros or Aphrodisias
- Catalogue Raisonné
- Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 022.
- Accession Number
- Not on view