16 December 2005
This lot is offered without a reserve
A ROMAN BRONZE HERCULES
CIRCA LATE 1ST-EARLY 2ND CENTURY A.D.
The muscular hero depicted nude, standing with his weight on his right leg, the left relaxed and bent at the knee, his lionskin draped over his left shoulder and arm, his fisted left hand perhaps once holding his club, his right arm extending forward, perhaps once holding a kantharos, his head turned to his right, with a full beard and short curly hair
9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm.) high
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 13 July 1987, lot 442.
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1988 (Art of the Ancient World, vol. V, part 1, no. 18).
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C.C. Vermeule and J.M. Eisenberg, Catalogue of the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Bronzes in the Collection of John Kluge, New York and Boston, 1992, no. 88-13.
For the type compare a large bronze figure, no. 106 in Comstock and Vermeule, Greek, Etruscan & Roman Bronzes in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
This lot is offered without reserve.
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