Etruscan Bronze Herakles

Culture: Etruscan
Period: Late 3rd century B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 8 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 4011
Provenance: French private collection, acquired between 1930 and 1960, afterwards private collection Monaco.
Condition: Intact
Description: The Greek hero depicted nude, with his left foot forward and slightly bent. His right hand raised, swinging his club, the skin of the Nemean lion hanging over the angled left hand. The hair depicted in vertical streaks and framing the head with its punched eyes and long nose. Navel and nipples engraved after the bronze-casting. Wonderful small statuette. Heracles was very popular with the Etruscans, his bronze figures were often placed as votive offerings in the temples, especially in the region of today’s Umbria.