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Labors of Hercules

third quarter 16th century
Flemish or German, Rheinland
Boxwood and various woods (marquetry)
H. 1 3/16 in. (3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 520
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, 1886, no. 3); Baron Albert von Oppenheim , Cologne (until 1906; sale, April 13, 1906, no. 187; to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , New York (until 1917; to MMA)
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