Limestone statue of Herakles sitting on a rock. His arms are outstretched, the right wrist covered with a cloth or skin. Both hands are missing. The god has a full beard and a wreath in his hair tied with a ribbon, the ends of which fall onto his shoulders. He has a powerful muscualture and strong features. The base is inscibed at the front, ΣΑΡΑΠΙΔΟΡΟΣ ΑΡΤΕΜΙΔΩΡΟΥ ΚΑΤ’ ΕΥΚΗΝ and at the proper right side on top of the base ΔΙΟΓΕΝΗΣ ΕΠΟΙΕΙ. Sometimes known as the Herakles Epitrapezios, on the table, the original associated with a small bronze sculpture by Lysippos.
- Excavated/Findspot: Nineveh, Palace of Sennacherib
- (Asia,Iraq,North Iraq,Nineveh (Iraq))
- Height: 52.9 centimetres
Inscription TranslationDiogenes made (this). Sarapiodorus son of Artemidorus (dedicated this) in fulfilment of a vow.
Discussed and illustrated in Reade, J.E., Greco-Parthian Nineveh, in Iraq, Vol. 60 (1998), pg.70.
Mentioned in relation to the Greek name 'Diogenes' carved onto one of the panels in the BM 124895 Reade, J.E., 'More about Adiabene', in Iraq, Vol. 63 (2001), pg.190, fig.5.
"Sulla via di Alessandro da Seleucia al Gandhara", Torino, 13 Feb-27 May 2007
2010-2011 3 Dec - 3 May, Madrid, Canal de Isabel II," Alejandro Magno: Encuentro con Oriente"
2010 21 Mar - 1 Nov, Leobon, Kunsthalle Museumcenter, "Alexander der Grosse und die offnung der Welt"
2009-2010 2 Oct - 21 Feb, Mannheim, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, "Alexander der Grosse und die offnung der Welt"
13 November 2006
Reason for treatment
The sculpture requires the following: light clean; improve the discoloured old repairs; fill small crack to nose and retouch; mount on card.
The sculpture had an unevenly dirty surface. The surface around the nose, beard and cheek (proper left) was friable and there was a series of fine cracks and fissures in this area. Other areas on the torso suffered from small blisters. The old repairs that were applied to various parts of the object had become discoloured.
The surface of the object was cleaned to obtain a more uniformed finish. This was achieved by using Wishab sponge (vulcanized latex,filler), Groomstick (modified natural rubber) and saliva. The old repairs were improved (using Flugger where necessary) and retouched with Rowney's Cryla colours (acrylic). All the small cracks and fissures where filled using Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) at 20% solution in 1:1 Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) mixed with Microballoons (silica or phenolic resin). These were then touched in to match the surrounding stone as above. The uneven underside of the base was built up using the same Paraloid B72 and Microballoon mix. The object was then mounted on card.
Discovered January 1880. Transferred from the old Department of Oriental Antiquities (later Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities).
Greek & Roman Antiquities
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Object reference number: GAA1393
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