39 15/16 in. x 20 1/16 in. x 15 7/16 in. (101.5 cm. x 51 cm. x 39.2 cm.)
Ancient Mediterranean, Greco-Roman
Medium and Support
Gift of Nathan Dane II
The pose and proportion of the statue recall male figures created during the late fifth or early fourth century BCE when Greek sculptors employed mathematical rules to achieve an ideal body type. Poses became more naturalistic during this period. However, the heavy use of supporting elements—the tree stump and a missing strut on the figure’s left—suggests that this statue is a later version, or copy, of an original work in bronze, a medium that would not need such structural additions. The addition of a snake that coils in and around the tree stump could indicate that the figure is a young Apollo whose victory over the serpent Pytho assured his preeminence at Delphi as Pythian Apollo. Still, a precise identification remains elusive.
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