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Bronze statuette of Herakles

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500–475 B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan, Cività Castellana
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Diam.: 3 1/16 in. (7.8 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.229.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
The exquisitely modeled lion-skin knotted about this figure's waist identifies Hercle (Herakles). He probably once held a club in his raised right hand; vestiges of another object are preserved on his left knee. The figure probably decorated a bronze tripod of the type made at Vulci. Herakles may have been represented with Apollo, his opponent in their struggle for the sacred Delphic Tripod, a favorite subject in Greek and Etruscan art in the late sixth and early fifth centuries B.C. and one especially appropriate for a tripod.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1913. "Department of Classical Art: The Accessions of 1912, Bronzes." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8 (12): p. 270, fig. 7.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 62, pp. 43-44, New York: Gilliss Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 68, fig. 39, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 76-77, fig. 46, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 76-77, fig. 46, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 54, 196, pl. 36c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1990. Herakles-Kenchrias, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 5. Herakles/Hercle, no. 40, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 4.29, p. 71, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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