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Etruscan Bronze Figure of Herakles, ca. 450 BC

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Ostracon Ancient Art
Bernhard I. Müller, PhD
Gallery by appointment
Zurich, Switzerland

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Etruscan Bronze Figure of Herakles, ca. 450 BC

Appealing figure of Herakles with early classical girl-like features. The hero is naked except for a lion skin covering his head, the shoulders and wrapped around the left forearm. The lion’s paws are knotted on the chest. The lion skin shows a carefully incised fur. With his right hand the hero is leaning on a (missing) club. With the outstretched left hand he is holding the apple of the Hesperides. The contrapost of the figurine is not yet understood. That the artist is still experimenting with this new Greek concept is a good sign however and denotes that the figure is quite early. While the falling line of the pelvis on front is correct, the one along the shoulders is wrong. The lines on the back side should orientate completely different. Bronze. Etruscan, around 450 BC. H. 12 cm (4.7 in), H. with stand 18.5 cm (7.3 in). Excellent quality and condition. Mineralized malachite green patina splintered off in places (nose, lion cap, shoulder). Club lost. From a Swiss estate (data will be disclosed to the buyer)

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