Pediment relief with winged spirit (Victory?), Hercle, and Menrva - ROM2010_11494_76

ROM2010_11494_76

Pediment relief with winged spirit (Victory?), Hercle, and Menrva

Medium:Earthenware
Geography: Italy
Date: about 200 BC
Period: Etruscan
Dimensions:
43 x 39 x 9.5 cm
Object number: 980.101.1
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome - Bratty Exhibit of Etruria
DescriptionThis fragmentary pediment preserves figures from Etruscan mythology – a winged spirit (perhaps Victory), the hero Hercle (Herakles), and the goddess Menrva (Athena). In Greek mythology, Herakles is typically shown with Athena; but here, the scene is given an Etruscan touch by having Hercles put his arm around Menrva’s shoulder as a gesture of friendship or love. The scene may represent the union of Hercles and Menrva in an Etruscan story unknown today.
Collection:
Roman World
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