Torso of a young god or athlete
1st century A.D.
Height: 40.5 cm (15 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens
Not On View
Torso of a slender young man. Head, forearms, legs from knees missing. Puntelli at left side and above right knee. His weight is carried on his right leg and his right hip shifts out to the side. He would have held a libation bowl in his extended right hand. In his left, which would have hung by his side, he probably carried a branch of foliage.
The best parallel for the statuette's pose and proportions is a Greek bronze statuette of 450-400 B.C. in the Ortiz collection (Vandoeuvres, Switzerland). (For the Ortiz bronze, see P. C. Bol, in Polyklet: Der Bildhauer der griechischen Klassik, Mainz, 1990, no. 152).
(entry partially adapted from The Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World, no. 185).
Harvard Lab No. HI739: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.79 / delta18O -6.88, Attribution - Pentelikon, Justification - Fine grained marble.