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A Roman bronze ring of Herakles, ca 1st century BC
Reference No: RJ112
A Roman bronze ring of Herakles, ca 1st century BC
Price : $ 950
EUR 875.90 GBP 749.65 AUD 1,457.49
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 Bronze ring with carved decoration of standing Hercules.
 

Herakles, or Hercules, was one of the most popular figures of Greek mythology.  The son of Zeus and a mortal woman, Hercules was gifted with superhuman strength, but spent his life plagued with trials and tragedies often sent by Zeus’ jealous wife Hera.  Half-man and half-god, Herakles represented the potential for man’s extreme strengths as well as extreme weaknesses.  Images of his trials, triumphs, and pathos frequently adorn Greek and Roman art.

Condition:  Carved decoration on ring worn and difficult to discern, but overall intact and in very good condition.

Dimensions: US ring sixe 5 1/2

Provenance:   Philip Mitry private collection and then by descent.