Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Labors of Hercules

third quarter 16th century
Flemish or German, Rhineland
Boxwood and various woods (marquetry)
Height: 1 3/16 in. (3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
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)
Related Objects

Two noblemen in profile

Date: mid-16th century Medium: Boxwood and walnut Accession: 30.135.16 On view in:Gallery 521

Allegory of Virtues and Vices at the Court of Charles V

Artist: Hans Daucher (German, Ulm ca. 1485–1538 Stuttgart) Date: ca. 1522 Medium: Honestone (Jurassic limestone), traces of gilding Accession: 17.190.745 On view in:Gallery 521


Date: third quarter 16th century Medium: Gold, partly enameled, set with diamonds Accession: 32.100.306 On view in:Gallery 521

The Crucifixion

Date: late 16th century Medium: Gold, partly enameled, set with Baroque pearl Accession: 17.190.892 On view in:Gallery 521


Date: 16th century Medium: Rock crystal, enameled gold, pearl Accession: 17.190.898 On view in:Gallery 535