Young Herakles strangling snakes
Magna Graecia, 4th – 3rd century BC; height cm 9,5 (4’’); A terracotta statuette depicting Herakles as a naked child kneeling on his right leg, the back flexed and the left arm raised; the head with curly hair and characterized by a focused espression. It is the representation of the infant Herakles who, according to the myth kills snakes sent by Hera in revenge against Zeus.
Traces of polychromy; restored.
Private collection, London; formerly with Hôtel Drouot, Paris.