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Statuette of the young Herakles (Hercules)

3rd century BC
Italo-Etruscan, probably of the 3rd century BC (see Curatorial note, de Ridder reference, footnote 1)


Height (excluding pedestal and base): 11cm

Museum number: A26

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 420help-vermeule-catalogue-number

On display: Lobby to the Breakfast Room
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Curatorial note

Herakles is stepping forward with his weight on his left leg and foot and his right hip thrown out so as to give the body an almost malformed appearance (over-exagerated contraposto); in his right hand he holds the end into which a separately cast club (missing) would have been been fixed, in his left hand he holds the lion's skin, the body of which is wrapped closely around the forearm like a boxer's glove.

1Compare de Ridder, Louvre Bronzes, I, no. 643, pl. 45.

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