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Hercules and the lion, From Mathura, 2nd Century A.D.

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Hercules and the lion, From Mathura, 2nd Century A.D.
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Mathura
Railing & pillar Sculpture
stone sculpture
mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Further testifying to the fact that Mathura did indeed draw influence from the Hellenistic world is found in this sculpture of Hercules and the Nemean lion, a lively group of powerfully narrative quality, There has been some question as to whether or not the figure represented is truly Hercules, but one need not confine the discussion of the work to this iconographic problem in order to recognize its classical heritage or its distinctively Indian translation of forms, The proportions of the man's body are decidedly Indian in character: note the relation between the trunk and the legs, for instance -, and the subtle modeling of both man and beast are indicative of Mathuran sensitivity as well, It shows a marked advance over most Mathuran sculptures at this date, the end of the 2nd century A.D., particularly in the intricate juxtaposition of the two figures in space, -- Calcutta, Indian Museum,
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/163471
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-703

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