Amulet gemstone depicting Hercules

This intaglio is made from glass which was a cheap substitute for gems or semi-precious stones. It has a hole pierced through the stone which suggests it was worn suspended rather than in a ring. The surface is pitted and chipped with a large piece missing at the top of the stone. The image shows the Greco-Roman god Hercules. He is nude, beardless and has short curly hair, standing with his head in profile and his body is turned towards the right. In his right hand he holds the top of his down-turned club. In his left hand he holds a locust as a symbol of his power to ward off destructive plagues of locusts.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
amulet gemstone depicting Hercules
Simple Name
Full Name
intaglio, scaraboid depicting Hercules leaning on a club
Cultural Group
Period Classification
Roman Imperial - 31 BC-476 AD
Family Group

Collector / Excavator
Montague, LAD
Collection Continent

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