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Relief with Herakles and Omphale (or a nymph?)

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Erotic scene of Herakles and Omphale (or a nymph?) having intercourse. Herakles has spread his lion's skin on the ground, and a curtain closes off the background, evidently a garden. Beyond the curtain appears an urn on an Ionic column of Graeco-Roman form. The hero's club is propped against the...

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Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: formerly in the Barracco Collection in Rome); 1908: gift of Fiske Warren and Edward Perry Warren to MFA; accessioned 1910

Credit Line

Gift of Fiske Warren and Edward Perry Warren

Roman, Imperial Period, Mid–late 1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 116; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 41.6 x 41.9 x 9.2 cm, 18.6 kg (16 3/8 x 16 1/2 x 3 5/8 in., 41 lb.) Mounted: 41.9 x 43.8 x 11.4 cm (16 1/2 x 17 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

RES.08.34d

Medium or Technique

Marble (from Carrara in northwest Italy)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture