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Four Soldiers in Procession, with Hercules Supporting a Chariot

Four Soldiers in Procession, with Hercules Supporting a Chariot

Culture Group: French
Culture: French
Date: late 17th century
Medium: Terracotta
Dimensions:
13 1/2 x 17 3/8 x 4 inches (34.3 x 44.1 x 10.2 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, Raymond Nasher Funds
Label Text:France
Four Soldiers in Procession, with Hercules Supporting a Chariot, late 17th century
Terracotta relief
Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University Purchased with funds from Raymond Nasher, 1969.13.1

This piece demonstrates the continued interest in Rome during Ancien Régime, that is, the French monarchic state preceding the Revolution of 1789. The third figure from the left wears a lion-skin around his neck-a distinctive feature of Hercules-and perhaps represents the emperor, who often assumed the attributes of Hercules. The leafy ornament on the wheel's spokes is derived from the antique acanthus motif and was frequently used in the time of Louis XIV (reigned 1643-1715).

Provenance: (Bernard Black Gallery, NY); purchased 1969 by Duke University Museum of Art, now Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Object number: 1969.13.1