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3D-Scan and Reconstruction of a Provincial Roman Hercules Statue (Güglingen, Baden-Württemberg)


  • Roman Museum Güglingen

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In the extensively examined Vicus of Güglingen, a street sanctuary is being reconstructed, which included - aside from two Jupiter Columns - an almost life-sized sandstone sculpture of the god "Hercules". The statue, along with many religious stone monuments, was recovered in a basement near the sanctuary.

Hercules is depicted with a club in the right hand and an apple of the hesperides in the left. Above the left forearm, he wears the lion fur, across the chest the band of his quiver. The sculpture unites him with a childhood depiction: on his left shoulder sits eight-months-old Hercules, choking both snakes his step mother placed in his crib. The connection with the snake-strangling scene is a singular creation by a local sculptor.

Nonetheless, the statue also relates to an antique type of depiction, the so-called „Typus Herakles Farnese“. Therefore, although the heaad is missing, we can generate a reasonable reconstruction based on respective structured light scans of the statue. Of course, you would have to consider a certain "provincial" simplification of the head, which we cannot include in detail. Nonetheless, the reconstruction should give a plausible impression of the complete statue.

This reconstruction result is shown as a 3D-animation in the museum. As a landmark of Güglingen's Roman history, the museum shop offers small, scaled fugures of Hercules, created from our 3D-data.

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