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Hercules and the Nemean Lion: M.47-1997

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Hercules and the Nemean Lion






Fruitwood, carved in the round, and with a highly polished surface. Both Hercules and the Nemean lion are facing to the left. He stands astride the lion, with his left leg forward, grasping it round the throat with both arms and forcing it backwards so that both its front paws are in the air. The narrow base is carved with foliage which rises up to support the lion's rear quarters, and is there cut off.


History note: Purchased in 1938 by Lt Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC (1892-1958); his sisister, the Hon. Mrs Pamela Sherek.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs Pamela Sherek, from the collection of the late Lt Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC in his memory.

Measurements and weight

Height: 25.0 cm
Length: 24.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1995) by Sherek, Pamela


16th Century, Mid
Production date: after AD 1550 : second half of the 16th century of later


Attribution: Purchased by Boscawen as School of Michelangelo or perhaps Bertoldo.

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Fruitwood, carved in the round, and with a highly polished surface

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a smudge of flourish over 'M. ANGELO./1539' and a little way down '?'

  • Text: M. ANGELO./1539
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: In black
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.47-1997
Primary reference Number: 30382
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_47_1997
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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