|ROMAN BRONZE BALSAMARIUM IN THE FORM OF A HERM OF HERCULES
Wearing the lion’s skin draped around his shoulders, his head surmounted by a fillet with floret remaining on one side, eyes inlaid with silver.
Very fine style.
1st-2nd Century AD
Diam. 6 1/8 in. (15.8 cm.)
Ex Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, May 20, 1982, no. 135; Sotheby’s, New York, December 17, 1997, no. 162.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2014, no. 42.
The herm is probably based on a 4th Century BC prototype: cf. Ward-Perkins, Pompeii, 79 A.D., no. 74 and Ars Antiqua, May 14th, 1960, no. 56, for two related sculptures in marble.