Heracles Smiting Acheloos in the Form of a Bull
In pagan Egyptian tombs, the deceased was often identified with suitable figures in Greco-Roman mythology. This was particularly apparent in the relief decoration of arches designed to curve out and over the heads of visitors to the public part of the tomb. Like the fragmentary examples here, they might show the god of the Nile to recall an authoritative family man, or a nymph to symbolize a young woman. Some wall reliefs, such as the example here showing Hercules as a mature hero, probably served the same commemorative purpose.
- Medium: Limestone
- Place Found: Oxyrhynchus, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 300 - 500 C.E.
- Period: Late Antique Egyptian Period
- Dimensions: 13 x 14 15/16 x 4 1/2 in. (33 x 38 x 11.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 61.128
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Heracles Smiting Acheloos in the Form of a Bull, ca. 300 - 500 C.E. Limestone, 13 x 14 15/16 x 4 1/2 in. (33 x 38 x 11.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 61.128. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (72%)