A Roman Ring of Herakles, ca 1st century BC

 Bronze ring with incised 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.


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