Mantiklos "Apollo"

Late Geometric or Early Orientalizing Period
about 700–675 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Boiotia, Thebes

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 015; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 118 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 047.


Height: 20.3 cm (8 in.)

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Archaic Greece Gallery (Gallery 113)


The Ancient World



A votive statuette of Apollo evidenced by the inscription on the front of the thighs of this standing nude male figure; inscribed in archaic Boeotian characters “Mantiklos donated me as a tithe to the far shooter, the bearer of the Silver Bow. You, Phoebus (Apollo) give something pleasing in return.” There are marks of attachment on the top of the head and a hole for attachment in the forehead. The hole in the left hand has been identified as support for a bow. It has been suggested also that the figure was a warrior, wearing a helmet and carrying a spear in the left hand and a shield on the right arm.




According to W. Fröhner, La Collection Tyszkiewicz (1897), p. 40: found in Thebes and sent to M. Hoffmann toward the end of 1894; by 1897: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 133 (trouvée à Thèbes); by 1903: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900