The Choice of Hercules

Saw this in the Ashmolean in Oxford yesterday, apart from some statues of the god Min (check him out, he's great), this was my fave thing in there. Apparently, Shaftesbury provided detailed instructions for the attitudes and expressions of the figures. Hercules must choose between the hedonistic life exemplified by Pleasure, or Vice, and the rocky path of Virtue – but the choice must be difficult!

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