Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Herms of Herakles

This type of bronze pillar herm of Herakles wrapped in a lion skin  and wearing an ivy wreath, found in the sea off the coast of Halikarnassos, was often used as a boundary marker for gymnasia and palaestrae (exercise yards).  Marble examples have been found on the island of Delos.  Similar reliefs of Herakles have also been found  in east Greece on Hellenistic graves.

I photographed this herm on my last visit to the British Museum in 2016.  It is dated between 200-100 BCE.

Bronze herm of Herakles Greek 200-100 BCE Halikarnassos.  Photographed at
The British Museum in London.

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