Labors of Hercules

Date: third quarter 16th century

Culture: Flemish or German, Rhineland

Medium: Boxwood and various woods (marquetry)

Dimensions: Height: 1 3/16 in. (3 cm)

Classification: Sculpture-Miniature

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.310


The scene depicts Hercules carrying the columns of Gaza. The pendant was probably intended as a display piece for a Kunstkammer, or collector's cabinet, demonstrating the technical skill of its maker.