Hercules wrestling Antaeus

Bronze Height 15.6 cm (6.1 in.) Roman - second-third century

Antaeus was a strong Lybian giant, son of Gaia (Mother Earth) and Poseidon. Every time his feet or body touched the ground in a fight, he got new strength from his mother and was therefore seemingly undefeatable. Hercules discovered the connection and could slay the giant by lifting him.

Sotheby's London, 13 July 1970, lot 163; J. Kluge collection, Charlottesville; Royal Athena Gallery, New York; Private collection, The Netherlands


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