Relief of Herakles reclining

Greek, South Italian
Hellenistic Period
probably late 2nd century B.C.


Dimensions

Height: 30.4 cm (11 15/16 in.); width: 50.8 cm (20 in.)

Accession Number

01.7967

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution