Greek / Statuette of Herakles / last quarter of the 6th century B.C.Greek
Statuette of Herakles
last quarter of the 6th century B.C.

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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Greek
Creator Name-CRT: Greek
Title: Statuette of Herakles
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 0
Creation End Date: 0
Creation Date: last quarter of the 6th century B.C.
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Bronzes
Materials and Techniques: bronze
Dimensions: H. 5 1/16 in. (12.80 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 28.77
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1928

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 in Archaic art. Only later do episodes of the legend, such as the madness that Hera inflicted upon him, become prominent in art. The bronze statuette was probably made to be dedicated in a sanctuary.

AMICA ID: MMA_.28.77
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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