Height: 10.800 cm
Width: 10.200 cm
Prehistory and Europe
Gold-glass medallion showing Herakles
Late Roman / Early Christian, 4th century
Probably from the catacombs in Rome
A gift for Orfitus and Constantia
The disc depicts a husband and wife and a small image of the Greek hero Herakles. The man is dressed in a tunic with a red strip and a toga, while she wears a gemstone necklace with pendant pearls, painted red and white. Herakles wears the skin of the Nemean lion and carries his club in his right hand and in his left, three painted apples.
inscription may be translated: 'Orfitus and Constantia.
Live happily in the name of Herakles, conqueror of the
Underworld'. The fact that Herakles carries the apples of
Hesperides, which were his wedding present to
D. Buckton (ed.), Byzantium: treasures of Byzant (London, The British Museum Press, 1994)