Hand from a statue on a head of a lion

About this object

A bigger than lifesize left hand from possibly a god or mythological statue of Hercules. The hand is resting on the top of a lion's head, clasping it from its thick mane. The lion has big and wide eyes and its mouth is open, the big tongue can be discerned. A round feature, described in the old inventory as a claw can also be seen on the left side of the wrist. The left side of the fragment is also very flat and round and suggests that that this was a big free standing statue.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
  • Date made
    5th Century BC - 4th Century BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Captain Fothergill
  • Collector
    Captain Fothergill
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Cyprus
  • Date collected
    1872 before
  • Measurements
    165 mm x 133 mm
  • Note
    Curator's note : This type of divine or heroic respresentation is widespread in Cypriot sculpture from the 6th to the 4th century BC and is mainly attested in the region of Idalion and Golgoi until the end of the Archaic period, in the 5th century BC at Kition Bamboula and in the sanctuary of Amrit, ( Ma'abed ) on the Syrian coast. Initially Hercules was depicted as an archer but from the end of the Archaic period he is shown as the Master of Lions. The fragment was unmarked and identified by the curator as using the old inventory. Examples of statues of Hercules as a archer and master of Lion's and Lions can be found in A. Hermary's catalogue of the Cesnola collection of Cypriot sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, New York, 2014,pp.226-240.
  • Related people
    Capt Fothergill ( Collector)

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    Author: Droop, John Percival
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 1931-03

Object view = Humanities
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