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Intaglio with the Head of Herakles Set in a Ring
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Intaglio with the Head of Herakles Set in a Ring


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Description This intaglio shows the head of a youthful Herakles in profile to the right. He has long, curly hair covered in part by the lion skin on his head. The paws are tied on the hero's chest in the typical fashion, the so-called Herakles knot. Gems were used as seals and as jewelry and could depict mythological figures.
Exhibitions
  • Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; San Diego Museum Of Art, San Diego; Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), New York. 2009-2011.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1st-2nd century CE
Medium
carnelian; mount: gold
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.511
Measurements
Bezel H: 5/8 x W: 1/2 in. (1.6 x 1.2 cm); Ring H: 13/16 x W: 7/8 x D: 7/8 in. (2 x 2.22 x 2.22 cm)
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