|ROMAN BRONZE GROUP: HERCULES WRESTLING ANTAEUS
The burly hero depicted nude, is standing with his knee bent, his left leg flexed, his head tilted to his left and angled downward, with thick curly beard and wavy locks, lifting the earth giant Antaeus up in the air, depriving him of his strength. Hercules is gripping his opponent to his right with both arms around his waist, his hands clasped at his navel, Antaeus is struggling to be freed, his left leg kicking back, his hands clasping Hercules’s arms.
2nd-3rd Century AD
H. 6 7/8 in. (15.6 cm.)
Ex Sotheby’s, London, July 13, 1970, lot 163; J. Kluge collection, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Published: Sotheby's, London, July 13, 1970, lot 163; J. Eisenberg, Gods and Mortals II, 2004, no. 62; J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2014, no. 41.
For a bronze with a similar pose, in the Walters Art Gallery, see no. 77a in Olmos and Balmaseda, "Antaios" in LIMC.