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Fragmentary bronze statuette of Herakles with lion's skin

1st–3rd century A.D.
H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm.)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The finely incised lion's skin drapped over the arm of this figure identifies him as Herakles. In his left hand, he may once have held apples, a common attribute of bronze statues of the type. After Herakles slew the Nemean lion and skinned it by using its own claws, the hero consistently wore the lion's skin over his shoulder.
Said to be from Rome

[Until 1927, presumably with Bing (?), Paris]; acquired in 1927, purchased through C.A. Lembessis of Bing.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1928. "Recent Accessions of the Classical Department." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 23 (3): p. 80.

Neils, Jenifer, Ralf von den Hoff, and Guy Michael Hedreen. 2009. Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, Sabine Albersmeier, ed. no. 36, pp. 216-17, Baltimore: Walters Art Museum.

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