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Statue of Herakles

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Herakles rests his right hand on one end of his club, the other end of which is supported on a small elevation beside his foot. The lion's skin hangs over the extended left arm, and the left hand evidently held a bow. The hero's great strength is suggested by the massive neck and swelling...

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By date unknown: said to have been found in Rome, between the Aventine and the Tiber; by 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Purchased by Mr. Warren from Signor Marotti in 1898.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, August 6, 1914, for $ 12,187.35

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Roman, Imperial Period, probably Hadrianic, A.D. 117–138

Place of Manufacture

Rome, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 139; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 110-111 (additional published references).


Height: 57 cm (22 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Göktepe , Turkey (near Aphrodisias)


The Ancient World