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A Hercules Episode
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A Hercules Episode


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The scene is difficult to identify. On the left is a seated figure designated as ERCVLES, which is a type of Hercules that belongs to the glyptics and coins of the 5th century BC. The enameller may have copied it from an Etruscan gem. The figure on the right, getting braced for a fight, was possibly derived from another Etruscan intaglio depicting the start of the fight between Hercules and Cycnos, the son of Ares.
Provenance Sale, Galleria Sangiorgi, Rome, April 21, 1902 (?); Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902 (?), by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions ERCVLES
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1902 (?)

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Period
ca. 1540-1550
Medium
painted enamels on copper
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.141
Measurements
H: 1 9/16 x W: 2 11/16 in. (4 x 6.8 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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