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Herakles strangling two snakes

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Probably inspired by an Early Hellenistic Greek work. Zeus appeared to the mortal woman Alkmene in the form of her husband Amphitryon, and Herakles was born from their union. Zeus' wife Hera, infuriated by Zeus' infidelity, sent two snakes to kill the child but Herakles, who had super-human...

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By 1990: with Hesperia Arts Auction, Ltd., 29 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019 (Hesperia Arts auction, November 27, 1990, The Park Lane Hotel, 36 Central Park South, New York, NY, lot 78); purchased at the Hesperia Arts auction by Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg, Royal-Athena Galleries, 153 East 57th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022 (Art of the Ancient World, January 1992, no. 20); gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg to MFA, April 21, 1993

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Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 140–190


Stone (white marble sculpture): 45.1 x 35.9 x 75.6 cm (17 3/4 x 14 1/8 x 29 3/4 in.) Case (painted wooden base): 84.1 x 66.4 x 66 cm (33 1/8 x 26 1/8 x 26 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Thasian marble


The Ancient World