Etruscan Bronze Heracles

Culture: Etruscan
Period: 4th-3rd century B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 9.6 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 4051
Provenance: From the private collection of the Viennese classical philology Gertrud Herzog-Hauser. Herzog-Hauser, wife of the painter Carry Hauser, died in 1953 at the age of 59, thence in family property.
Condition: Club missing, patina with encrustations, but intact.
Description: The Greek hero depicted nude, the weight on his right leg, the left one slightly bent. In the right raised hand swinging his club, missing today. The coat of the Nemean lion hanging over his left, bent hand, knotted around his neck. The eyes small and punctiform, the nose long. Heracles was especially popular with the Etruscans, his bronzes were placed as votive offerings in temples, especially in the region of Umbria. Mounted.