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Marble well-head

0001/0002

British Museum

British Museum

Pentelic marble well-head (puteal) decorated with four scenes of erotic pursuit: Hercules in female dress seizing Omphale, flanked on the left by a vase and on the right by a flying Cupid holding a sceptre; a female figure struggling with a male, thought to resemble Hercules; a female figure seized by a young satyr carrying a wineskin; and a young Hermaphrodite attempting to escape from a bearded satyr, who is seated on a rock under a palm tree.

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  • Title: Marble well-head
  • Date Created: 0001/0002
  • Location: The British Museum - Gallery 69
  • Location Created: Italy
  • Period/culture: Roman
  • Material: Marble
  • British Museum link: 1805,0703.227

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