Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Fragment of a limestone group of Herakles, Iolaos, and the Hydra

Period:
Archaic
Date:
late 6th or early 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 3/8 x 3 3/8 x 6 7/8 in. (6 x 8.6 x 17.5 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2745
Not on view
The plinth is broken on one side. It preserves two fragmentary bodies of snakes, one of which has zigzag scales. A sandaled foot stands on one of the tails and the right hand of the figure cuts the other tail with a sickle (harpe). The foot of a second figure stands on the end of the plinth.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1108, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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 (Cypri), no. 29, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art : Stone Sculpture. no. 308, p. 233, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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