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Intaglio depiciting Herakles and the Nemean Lion

Intaglio depiciting Herakles and the Nemean Lion

Intaglio depiciting Herakles and the Nemean Lion

Carnelian

Roman copy of a Hellenistic gem from ca. 200 BCE

H: 2.1; W: 1.5 cm

Clark Collection, purchased by The Carmen and Louis Warschaw Fund for Archaeological Acquisitions

Accession number:

90.24.403

Archaeology/Classical Archaeology

The first labor of Herakles was to kill the fearsome Nemean Lion, whose thick hide could not be pierced by arrows. After strangling the beast with his bare hands, he used the lion’s own claws to remove its skin, which the hero is often depicted wearing.