ROMAN BRONZE STATUETTE OF APOLLO

£1,000.00

Measurements: 8.2 cm − height, 10.6 cm − height with stand

 

Description: A Roman bronze statuette of Apollo in the kouros style, with appealing pale green patina. The god is depicted fully nude, in the manner of Greek sculptures from the Archaic period during which sculptures of nude male youths were produced (hence kouros, meaning 'youth'). He stands in contrapposto with his weight on his right leg, his left leg bent at the knee. Both feet are missing below the ankles. He is holding a patera in his right hand. On the patera, the omphalos is visible, the bulbous protrusion in the centre to facilitate holding it. In his left hand, he is likely holding a stick of incense. His centre-parted hair is rolled back in a singular manner, tied in a chignon at the nape of his neck. This composition indicates that Apollo is performing a libation. Scenes of libation signify the quality of pietas, religious duty or reverence. Mounted on a custom-made brass stand.

 

Provenance: Ex. German collection, 1980's.

 

Reference: Christie's, sale 2755, lot 164.

 

Period: 1st - 2nd century AD

 

Condition: Very fine, missing both feet, appealing and consistent pale green patina over the whole, features still well defined, minor encrustations.

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