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Marble relief fragment with the torso of a Hesperid holding apples

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble, Pentelic
Dimensions:
H. 24 1/2 in. (62.2 cm.); width 13 in. (33.0 cm.); depth 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
22.139.21
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
Copy of a Greek marble relief of about 420–410 B.C.

This relief showed Herakles in the garden of the Hesperides receiving the golden apples that brought immortality. The original was one of four famous reliefs that probably decorated the parapet surrounding the Altar of the Twelve Gods in the Athenian Agora.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1924. "Greek and Roman Bronzes: Recent Acquisitions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 19 (3): p. 71.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 61, pp. 41-42, pls. 53a-b, 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. 1988. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4: Eros-Herakles. Hedone, no. 1c; Hera, no. 104; Herakles, no. 2707c, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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. Hesperides, no. 25c, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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