'Hercules', shell cameo

'Hercules', shell cameo

'Hercules'
Shell cameo
Italy
About 1750-80
Shell
Museum no. A.19-1937
Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh FSA

In Greek mythology, Hercules was a heroic figure who personified strength and courage. As a penance for killing his own children in a rage, he had to perform the Twelve Labours. Here he is shown resting, holding aloft his club and wearing the skin of a lion, his two main attributes.