The First of the Twelve Labours for the hero Hercules was to rid the Nemean plain of the wild, enormous and extremely ferocious beast known as the Nemean Lion. Hercules fired many arrows at the lion, but his skin could not be penetrated with sharp weapons. Thus, Hercules stunned him with his club and realising no weapons could harm the animal, strangled the lion with his bare hands. After the deed, he skinned him and wore the lion’s skin as a protective cloak.
Exceptional Hercules Chariot Fitting
An Ancient Roman hollow-moulded bronze chariot fitting in the shape of the Roman god Hercules. The bust of Hercules is shown emerging from a shaft with outward-curving leaves and animal heads protruding on both sides. The animals, most likely depictions of ducks, have eyes and beaks incised. Hercules’ facial features and anatomical details are rendered in a naturalistic manner, with great attention given to the details. The head of the lion, Hercules’ main iconographic attribute, rests atop his divine head, with his curls showing below the lion’s teeth.
Condition: Very fine, with small damage on the back (please refer to the picture). An exceptional and rare item.
|Dimensions||W 18.4 x H 14.7 cm|