Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 2nd to 3rd century CE. A very fine marble torso of a youthful male deity - most likely Apollo, the god of music, poetry, art, and knowledge - his muscular pectorals, abdominals, and buttocks so realistically defined and his genitals clearly delineated. One can also see wavy locks of hair cascading over his shoulders. Though a section from a larger statue, it is possible to discern that the left leg is slightly advanced, implying a contrapposto weight shift on the right leg. Such calculated poses were inspired by the ancient Greek works of Polykleitos and became the model to which sculptors aspired in Graeco-Roman as well as later Western European art. This piece was possibly a prototype of a larger sculpture or a votive of the revered deity. Size: 6.5" H (16.5 cm); 8.75" H (22.2 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Florida, USA collection, purchased at Arte Primitivo Gallery, New York, New York, USA (March 21, 2005, lot 88); ex-private New York, USA collection
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