The Nemean Lion

Dimensions:

The Lion: 36×23 cm.

Full sculpture, base included: approx. 38×26 cm.

Description:

The Nemean Lion was inspired by the twelve labors of Hercules, namely, his first one.
This clay sculpture and its metal base depict Hercules’ arrow which, according to the myth, was the first thing he tried in order to kill the fearsome Nemean Lion and complete his labor.
It is a limited edition with only twelve (12) pieces made available worldwide.
The Lion’s head is made of pure silver which gives the work an elegant, unique quality and shine.
It stands on a beech wood base with beautiful patterns created with pyrography.
This bronze sculpture is singular and original in its narration of a timeless, classical and inspirational myth. It is an essential piece of art for the demanding collector and buyer who aspires to own a distinct, elegant, authentic and creative work of art.

Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to add this unique, spectacular sculpture to your collection. It will bring style to and transform any room you place it in.



Hercules left Thebes, along with his nephew Iolaus, and went to Mycenae to serve Eurystheus. He had to go there in order to make amends for the terrible sin he had unwittingly committed when Hera had filled his mind with fury and rage, namely the murder of his wife and children. Eurystheus, fearing Hercules, ordered him to accomplish 12 impossible tasks, in the hopes that he would be killed in the process.
For his first labor, Hercules had to kill the Nemean Lion, a fearsome beast which Hera herself had trained and placed in the area of the Nemean hills.


While travelling to Nemea, Hercules passed through the sacred grove of the city and crafted a heavy club out of the trunk of an olive tree. He then waited for the lion near its nest. Upon seeing it, Hercules loosed his iron arrows upon it, but they barely scratched the beast. Just as the animal attacked him, Hercules hit it with his club; injured, the lion retreated and hid inside its cave. When Hercules approached its lair, he realized that the cave had two entrances. So as to prevent the lion from escaping, he blocked one shut with stones and entered through the other.


The beast immediately attacked and the two fought for an hour. Hercules struck the first blow on the lion’s head with the club so as to disorient it. He then grabbed it by the neck so hard that the lion choked to death. Hercules then skinned the lion, wore its pelt around his shoulders and made his way back to Mycenae. When Eurystheus saw him, he became so frightened that he had a bronze jar made within which he could hide when he found himself in danger.
So it was that Hercules completed his first labor, while also saving the inhabitants of Corinth, for the lion had always been a threat to them, devouring both animals and people, to the point where the Corinthians did not even dare go outside.