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Bronze statuette of drunken Herakles

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
3rd–2nd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/8 in. (15.60 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Purchase, Samuel P. Avery Memorial Fund, 1915
Accession Number:
15.57
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164
Said to be from Smyrna

The hero lists back, clearly inebriated, his stomach bloated and the muscles of his legs taut as he tries to maintain balance. On analogy with other statuettes of this type, he may have held his club in his left hand and a kantharos (two-handled drinking cup) in his right.
Said to be from Smyrna

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. "A Bronze Statuette of Herakles." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10 (11): pp. 236-7.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 194-95, fig. 133, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 194-95, fig. 133, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1950. The Sculpture and Sculptors of the Greeks, 3rd edn. pp. 69, 393, fig. 132, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 125, 264, pl. 104d, 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. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Nicholls, Richard Vaughan. 1982. "The Drunken Herakles: A new angle on an unstable subject." Hesperia, 51(3): p. 322.

Mertens, Joan R. 1985. "Greek Bronzes in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 43(2): no. 36, pp. 55, 61.

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. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Herakles, no. 880, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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