Marble statue of Herakles seated on a rock

Period: Imperial

Date: 1st or 2nd century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Marble

Dimensions: total H. 49 3/4 in. (126.4 cm)
H. of figure 23 3/4 in. (60.3 cm)
H. of seat 26 in. (66 cm)

Classification: Stone Sculpture

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1911

Accession Number: 11.55


The great hero is shown resting on a rock with his legs stretched out in front of him, his club braced under his left armpit. The exceptionally fine and realistic rendering of the lean, muscled body and the powerful curve of the back bring to mind the works of Lysippos, a famous sculptor of the late fourth century B.C.