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Herakles

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He holds the lion's skin over his extended left arm and probably held the club in his raised right hand. He has large eyes and ears, drill holes for nipples and navel. His right hand is missing. Green patina with considerable wear.

Provenance

A label on the bottom of the pedestal suggests the bronze came from an old French collection (Cannes?); by date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson to MFA, September 12, 1918

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson

Italic, Late Archaic or Classical Period, about 5th century or later

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 200; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 121 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 cm (2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

18.506

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture