Marble relief with Herakles carrying the Erymanthian Boar

Period:
Augustan or Julio-Claudian
Date:
27 B.C.–A.D. 68
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 27 3/8 x 19 1/8 x 3 1/4in. (69.5 x 48.6 x 8.3cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
13.60
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Large marble reliefs of this type were set into walls as decoration. Many figures were shown in an archaistic style, reinterpreting the stiff appearance of early Greek art in a highly sophisticated and decorative manner. In this relief, Herakles carries the wild boar he was obliged to capture alive as one of the twelve labors imposed by Eurystheus, ruler of the Argolid.
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