Gold Ring with Herakles Pouring a Libation (Front)


The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

On the bezel, a youthful Herakles stands leaning on his club, with his lionskin knotted around his neck and draped over his right arm. With his left hand, he holds out a fluted phiale, or offering dish, over a tripod thymiaterion (incense burner). Both Herakles and the incense burner stand on a wavy ground line. The hoop of the ring has a carinated ridge bisecting it and stylized griffin heads on the shoulders below the bezel.


  • Title: Gold Ring with Herakles Pouring a Libation (Front)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 400 B.C.
  • Location Created: Greece; or Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 2.1 × 1.6 cm (13/16 × 5/8 in.)
  • Type: Gem
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Gold
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2019.13.5
  • Culture: Greek
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Jewelry

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