c. 1st Century BC -1st Century AD
The demi-god stands naked with his weight on his right foot, his left leg bent. In his left hand he holds the Nemean lion skin while his right arm rests at his side. All of the features of this figure are used to emphasis his youthful nature and vitality, from the well delineated musculature of the body to his full, wavy hair and the slight smirk of his mouth.
In excellent condition with natural patina present.
2.99 x 1.22 inches (7.6 x 3.1 cm)
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After being driven insane by Hera and killing his wife and children, Herakles (Latin: Hercules) was required to perform acts of penance for the chance to become immortal. The first of these labors was to kill the Nemean lion and return with its hide, which was said to be impenetrable. After succeeding in this task he went on to complete eleven more such quests, which became known as the Twelve Labors of Herakles.