Bronze statuette of Herakles

Etruscan, Cività Castellana

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.

Bronze statuette of Herakles, Bronze, Etruscan, Cività Castellana

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