Hercle, the Etruscan version of the Greek hero Herakles, is here depicted as a nude youth, standing with his weight on his right foot, his left leg slightly advanced. He is wearing the skin of the Nemean Lion with the animal's head on top of his, the pelt falls down his back and is thrown over his left arm, the front paws are tied around his neck. His right arm is raised originally to hold aloft his club. In his left hand he would have also originally held his bow.
UK private collection, acquired 1970s - 1990s
Hercle was a very popular figure in Etruscan bronze statuary. A worshipper probably placed this statuette in an Etruscan sanctuary as an offering to the deity. For similar cf. A. Kozloff and D.G. Mitten, The Gods Delight, The Human Figure in Classical Bronze, Cleveland, 1988, no. 46, pp. 250-254; D.G. Mitten and S. F. Doeringer, Master Bronzes from the Classical World, Mayence/Rhin, 1967, p. 179, no. 183.