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    Sale 5399

    Antiquities

    30 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 173

    A ROMAN MARBLE HAND OF HERCULES HOLDING APPLES OF THE HESPERIDES

    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A ROMAN MARBLE HAND OF HERCULES HOLDING APPLES OF THE HESPERIDES
    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
    The powerful right hand with fingers clenched around three apples, mounted
    8¼ in. (21 cm.) long


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    One of the Twelve Labours of Hercules was to retrieve the Golden Apples of the Hesperides. The Hesperides, daughters of Atlas and Hesperus, guarded a tree of golden apples in a garden at the far western extremity of the world. Hercules killed the dragon, Ladon, which guarded the entrance to the garden, and was thus able to seize the apples which were eventually returned to the Hesperides by Athena.

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    Provenance

    Formerly in a German private collection, 1964.


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