Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Intaglio depiciting Herakles and the Nemean Lion
Roman copy of a Hellenistic gem from ca. 200 BCE
H: 2.1; W: 1.5 cm
Clark Collection, purchased by The Carmen and Louis Warschaw Fund for Archaeological Acquisitions
Accession number: 90.24.403
The first labor of Herakles was to kill the fearsome Nemean Lion, whose thick hide could not be pierced by arrows. After strangling the beast with his bare hands, he used the lion’s own claws to remove its skin, which the hero is often depicted wearing.

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir