Etruscan Bronze Statuette of Heracles

Culture: Etruscan
Period: 350-300 B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 15.5 cm high
Price: 4 000 Euro
Ref: 4133
Provenance: French private collection, acquired around 1980. Thence Bonhams London auction of 23 October 2012, lot 15. Last in an English private collection.
Condition: Right hand, both feet as well as part of the club missing. But overall an expressive statuette in early Hellenistic manner.
Description: Massive cast bronze statuette of the clothless, youthful Heracles. He stands with his weight on the right leg, the left free leg slightly bent forward. The beardless face with large round eyes, pointy nose and open mouth. The short, wavy hair is hold back by a cap. In his left hand he is still holding remains of the club, the fur of the Nemean lion is thrown over the arm and hanging far down with the lion head. Mounted.