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Head of Herakles
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Head of Herakles


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description The left side is missing, and the roundel is warped on a vertical axis, rendering it concave from the back. Eleven holes (originally fifteen) at the perimeter allowed the piece to be sewn to a leather bridle. The relief shows in profile the head of Herakles, or perhaps Alexander the Great shown as Herakles, wearing a lion's scalp. Part of the animal's skin, including a paw, is slung over his shoulder along with a spear and a knotty staff. A molding frames the composition.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
8/01/1982Treatmentcleaned
8/18/1982Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Ivory: The Sumptuous Art. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983-1984.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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Period
1st-2nd century
Medium
bone
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.617
Measurements
H: 2 1/16 in. (5.3 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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