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Herakles wears the skin of the Nemean lion, which he killed as one of his earliest labors. On his head he wears a diadem, an emblem of distinction or of victory. In his left hand, he originally held a club, which had been inserted into a hole formed by his closed fingers and which projected down...

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According to a letter from Edward Perry Warren, dated Nov. 10, 1895: The Hercules was found near Norcia in Umbria in 1872 or earlier in the ruins of a little round building. At the same time were found some scores of bronze statuettes of Hercules, probably ex-votos, roughly executed to be sold cheap. It seems therefore that the round building was a temple of Hercules.; by 1892: in the possession of Martinetti in Rome (according to a letter from Warren, dated Dec. 26, 1892); by late 1894: purchased by Edward Perry Warren; 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

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Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, about 30 B.C.–A.D. 70

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 106; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 036-037.


Height: 101 cm (39 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World