Head of Heracles
Fine-grained marble. Hellenistic copy.
Height 11 cm.
Inv. No. Н. ПХ.64.119.Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum

Head of Heracles.

Fine-grained marble. Hellenistic copy.
Height 11 cm.
Inv. No. Н. ПХ.64.119.

Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum
(Санкт-Петербург, Государственный Эрмитаж).

Unknown; found at Nymphaeum in 1964.
After strangling the Nemean lion, Hercules always wore the lion’s skin. Here, he is wearing the lion’s head as a helmet. This is a very widespread motif. The treatment of the hair, drawn tightly across the forehead, and the fanlike beard is not very detailed. The surface has suffered with time. The head probably comes from a herm.

L. Davidova, D. Vanhove
unpublished О. Palagia, LIMC IV 1, Eros-Herakles, (Zurich-Munich) p. 791—93.
© 1993. Photo, text: Olympism in antiquity. Olympic Museum Lausanne. Bertelsmann UFA. Industria Gráfica S. A. Barcelona, 1993, p. 72 cat. no. 15.
© Photo — M. Verhasselt (Brussels-Dilbeek).
© 1993 — Comité International Olympique.
Keywords: γλυπτική sculptura sculpture sculptural scultura skulptur greek greca greco greche griechische griechisches grecque grecquesё κεφάλι head testa kopf tête ελληνική μυθολογία mythologia graeca mythology mitologia mythologie ἡρακλῆς ηρακλής herakles heracles èracle eracle héraclès fine-grained marble of hercules ercole lion skin pelle di leone lion’s hellenistic copy inv no н пх 64 119 н. пх.64.119