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A figure on a Samian ware sherd

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This is a photo that I took of a sherd in the handling collection of the SHARE with Schools outreach project, Cardiff University, for which I was an Outreach Coordinator. It is a fragment of Samian ware (the most typical type of Roman pottery), found in South Wales. Sometimes putting the images into black and white helps to make them out, but now I wish I took a rubbing too or even made a 3D model through the magic that it is photogrammetry. Maybe I'll go back and do that sometime. 
I think it shows Hercules, as it looks like the muscled, male figure is holding a club to me.  Or an athlete maybe?But I'm not very good at this sort of interpretation. Any suggestions? What do you think?