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One more of these and I promise that I'll be finished with the Capitoline photos for a while! This is yet another world famous work of art, the bust of Commodus in the guise of Hercules. It dates some time from 180 to 193 AD, during his reign and is one of the most famous masterpieces surviving from that period. It's rather unique as it depicts the emperor as a demigod, appearing with the skin of the Nemean lion with a club in his left hand and the golden apples of hesperides in his left. Its state of preservation is remarkable. It was reportedly part of a complex of sculptures, which included two kneeling Amazons, only one of which is in a decent state of preservation, a globe decorated with signs of the zodiac and two Tritons flanking the central figure. The entire group was discovered in an underground room in the Horti Lamiani complex (1874). It's unclear who placed the sculptures there, or when, but it's an amazing piece. Please forgive the graininess but the lighting was a bit difficult.

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Additional Photos by Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 78 N: 614] (1382)
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