Roman Marble Fragment of Herakles

SKU: HQ.0043

Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: Circa 2nd century AD
Dimensions: 10.25" h x 7.25" w (26cm x 18.5cm)
Medium: Marble

The hero, now missing, stood on an integral base with his club on top of the head of the Cretan bull's skull, leaning against the stump of a tree, and the skin of the Namean lion draped over the trunk of the tree, but only the hero's two feet and left hand remain.

European Private Collection; “Ancient Coins, Seals, and Egyptian Antiquities,” Michael Malter, Encino, CA, June 19, 2004; German Private Collection; Gorny and Mosch, Munich, Germany; where acquired by the present US Private Collection; Private Collection, Los Angeles, CA

Restored from a couple of large fragments at the base of the tree trunk, above the bull's head.

The Weary Herakles s originates from the 4th century BC original by the Greek sculptor Lysippos. The most famous example that survives today is the "Farnese Herakles", now residing in the Museo Archaeologico Nazionale in Naples, Italy. But this version differs in its treatment of the tree trunk and adornments, mainly the use of the bull's head.

For a close parallel both in composition of the support and overall scale see the "Weary Herakles", The Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan. Accession number 68.65.



Roman Marble Fragment of Herakles


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