Ancient Rome, ca. 100 to 200 CE. A solid cast bronze statuette of a nude male god or hero, most likely Poseidon/Neptune, the Olympian god of the sea, rivers, drought, earthquakes, horses, and floods, as he is crowned by a wreath of sea creatures or wild celery, one of his primary attributes, and characteristically depicted as a mature man with a muscular physique, long hair and a beard. Beyond this iconography, the sculptor captured the deity in classic contraposto and with the ideal embrace of human anatomy delineating the finest of details - those rippling muscles, defined facial features, wavy hair, fingers and toes - all remarkably legible almost 2000 years after the piece's creation. Gorgeous green patina. Custom, museum quality stand. Size: figurine measures 3.375" H (8.6 cm)
Provenance: Ex-private R. Wagner collection, Cape Cod, MA, acquired in 1970s.
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