The figure might portray the Greek god Orpheus, the mythical lyre-player from Thrace, who was told to enchant animals with his music. The relationship between the deity and the music is here emphasized by the presence of the string musical instrument. Scenes with the deity portrayed sitting, while playing the lyre, appear in mosaics and marble reliefs of the Imperial age.
Roman Bronze Statuette of Orpheus
A finely modelled Ancient Roman bronze statuette, depicting a bare-chested young male figure, shown with apollonian traits seated while holding on his left hand a lyre. Anatomical features are rendered in a naturalistic manner, with much attention given towards details.
Condition: Fine, complete and intact. Pierced to the base and to the front for suspension and attachment.