Herakles

Italic, Etruscan
Later Hellenistic Period
about 200 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 185.

Dimensions

Height: 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

61.940

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Herakles is brandishing his club in the raised right hand, and attachments indicate that an object such as a sword or spear was held in the outstretched left hand. The Nemean Lion’s skin is worn on the hero’s head, forepaws being knotted around the neck and hind-paws and tail wrapped over the left arm. Left hand missing. Dark green patina.

Provenance

By 1961: Mrs. Samuel Cabot Collection; gift of Mrs. Samuel Cabot to MFA, September 20, 1961

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Samuel Cabot