Relief of Herakles reclining
Greek, South Italian
probably late 2nd century B.C.
Height: 30.4 cm (11 15/16 in.); width: 50.8 cm (20 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Relief: Herakles reclining “Herakles Epitrapezios”. Right forearm, which would have held a cup, gone. Perhaps a copy of the only work that can be certainly identified with the sculptor Lyssipos, the miniature Heracles created as a table piece for Alexander according to Martial. The cornucopia may suggest that he has taken on the role of an agrarian god associated with fertility.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought privately from Bourguignon: found at S. Maria di Capua.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution