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Man Wearing a Lion-Skin Cap

This sculpture, now divorced from its original context, may be an image of Herakles or Alexander the Great. It could also be a depiction of a warrior, or hero, who sought to enhance his prestige by borrowing imagery usually associated with Herakles. Like many images made during and after the reign of the Kushan kings, the details are borrowed from the disparate traditions of India and the Greco-Roman west, which were introduced through trade and conquest.

Central Asian, Gandhara
Man Wearing a Lion-Skin Cap
5th century
Stucco with traces of paint
H. 8 ΒΌ in. (20.95 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 83.20