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Statue of Hercules in gilded bronze
2nd century BC
cm 241

The statue originated in the Forum Boarium, where it was found during the pontificate of Sixtus IV. The statue must have represented the cult statue whithin the round temple dedicated to the Greek hero in the second century BC. The statue's proportions and strong modeling demonstrate that it was based on Greek models of the fourth century BC, close to the Lysippic style. A recent hypothesis suggests that it could have derived directly from the mold of a bronze statue of that period.

Provenance: From Rome, Forum Boarium (15th century)
Inventory: inv. MC1265

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