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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF WILLARD AND ELIZABETH CLARK

A Roman Marble Figure of an Athlete, circa 1st/2nd Century A.D.
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF WILLARD AND ELIZABETH CLARK

A Roman Marble Figure of an Athlete, circa 1st/2nd Century A.D.
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Details & Cataloguing

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A Roman Marble Figure of an Athlete, circa 1st/2nd Century A.D.
standing with his weight on the right leg, the left arm held back and slightly raised, traces of an attribute on the left shoulder, navel incised, pubic hair with small drill holes, traces of the support behind his right leg, traces of a small circular strut on the torso in front of his left arm; no restorations.
Height 29.2 cm.
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Provenance

John Hewett (1919-1994), London, perhaps acquired from Robin Symes
James Freeman, Kyoto, probably acquired from the above in the early 1970s
acquired from the above by Willard and Elizabeth Clark on December 21st, 1980

Catalogue Note

As indicated by the position of the circular strut, the left lower arm was horizontally bent. It likely held a spear resting on the left shoulder; this would explain the traces on the shoulder. The statuette can therefore be called a „Doryphoros“, a spear-bearer. Despite the obvious similarities to the famous Doryphoros by Polykleitos (see S. Kansteiner et al., eds., Der Neue Overbeck, vol. 2, pp. 477ff., no. 9), an identification of the present statuette as a miniature copy of this type should be met with caution, since there are no known small-scale Doryphoroi.

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