Bronze Herakles

Period: Archaic

Date: last quarter of the 6th century B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: H. 5 1/16 in. (12.80 cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1928

Accession Number: 28.77


Herakles is presented here not only as a hero of extraordinary strength and vitality but also as a beautifully groomed—and thus civilized—individual. This aspect is emphasized; on the Andokides amphora, he appears as fully the equal of the god Apollo. Only later do episodes such as the madness that Hera inflicted upon him become prominent in art. The bronze statuette was probably made as a dedication in a sanctuary.