Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 100 to 200 CE. An exquisite bronze nude figure of Apollo standing with his weight shifted to his right leg and his left leg relaxed so as to create an S curve - skillfully cast via the lost wax (cire perdue) process. He holds a bolt in his right hand, and has silver inlaid eyes and nipples. Apollo, god of music, poetry, art, and knowledge, is portrayed here at the height of Classical beauty with a handsome visage and coiffure. Gorgeous dark green/brown patina has developed on the bronze over the ages. A sculpture such as this is incredibly rare to find as many ancient Roman bronzeworks were melted down. What's more, this piece has precious silver inlays! Size: 9" H (22.9 cm)
The head of this Apollo figure resembles the ancient Greek bronze "Chatsworth Head" (460 BCE) which is at the British Museum (1958.1018.1) - only this example is a complete statue and actually has silver inlays in the eyes (as well as nipples). The curatorial team writes, "the features recall the Severe Style of early Classical Greek art, and the statue was certainly made under the influence of someone familiar with this style." (http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=461806&partId=1&searchText=stone+statue&object=22727&page=1)
Note: This piece is listed on an Export Approval document issued in 2010 by Israel Antiquities Authority.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Baidun family collection, Jerusalem, private dealer - Jerusalem acquired 1980; found in Samaria prior 1970s
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