AN EARLY ROMAN RED JASPER RINGSTONE OF HERAKLES WITH THE APPLES OF THE HESPERIDES
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A tableau of Herakles’ Eleventh Labour, Stealing the Golden Apples of the Hesperides. (Apollodorus, Library 2.5.11). Based on a monumental cultic sculpture first conceived by the Greek sculptor Myron, ca. 450 BC.

 

Taken into consideration with the use of red jasper, it is likely this intaglio was a so-called “magic” stone.

 

1st – 2nd Century AD

 

Height: 13 mm.     (0 1/2 in.)

Width: 10 mm     (0 3/8 in.)

 

Ex: London private collection 1980s.

 

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Published:

Antiquarium; Ancient Treasures XX. (London, 2022) p.25

 

Comparanda:

Zwierlein-Diehl, E; Antike Gemmen in deutschen Sammlungen. Band 2. Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz Antikenabteilung Berlin (Munich, 1968-) pp.174-175, no.471, pl.83

 

Museo Prado, Madrid  acc. no. E000101

 

Musei Capitolini  acc. no. MC1265