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.

Provenance
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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Kunstzalen A. Vecht

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