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Labors of Hercules

Date:
third quarter 16th century
Culture:
Flemish or German, Rhineland
Medium:
Boxwood and various woods (marquetry)
Dimensions:
Height: 1 3/16 in. (3 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Miniature
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.310
Not on view
The scene depicts Hercules carrying the columns of Gaza. The pendant was probably intended as a display piece for a Kunstkammer, or collector's cabinet, demonstrating the technical skill of its maker.
Charles Stein , Paris (until 1886; his sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 10–14, 1886, no. 3); Baron Albert von Oppenheim , Cologne (by 1904–6; to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (1906–17; to MMA)
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