A Hellenistic Bronze Figure of an Athlete or Actor, circa 2nd Century B.C.
- A Hellenistic Bronze Figure of an Athlete or Actor
- Height 15.5 cm.
Carl Anton Milani (1820-1882), Frankfurt (F.A.C. Prestel, Catalog der Kunst- und Antiquitäten-Sammlung des verstorbenen Herrn C. A. Milani, June 4th and following days, 1883, no. 463, illus.)
Swiss Private collection, Lugano
Swiss Private collection, Lugano, acquired from the above in the late 19th Century
by descent to the present owner (affectionately called by the family "Il Viandante Maestoso" [The Majestic Wayfarer])
Salomon Reinach, Répertoire de la statuaire grecque et romaine, vol. 2, Paris, 1909, p. 815, no. 5
Gisela M.A. Richter, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes, New York, 1915, p. 84
Frederik Poulsen, "Aux musées d'antiques parisiens", in From the collections of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, vol. 3, Copenhagen, 1942, p. 157, fig. 11
Judith Petit, Bronzes antiques de la collection Dutuit, Paris, 1980, p. 98
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For a similar figure on a 2nd Century A.D. Roman bronze balsamarium (coincidentally also in the Cabinet des Médailes, inv. no. 1420) decorated in relief with wrestling scenes from the palaestra, see Comte de Caylus, Recueil d'antiquités égyptiennes, étrusques, grecques et romaines, Paris, 1752-1767, vol. I, p. 217, pl. LXXXVIII, E. Babelon and J.-A. Blanchet, Catalogue des bronzes antiques de la Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, 1895, pp. 574-575, no. 1420, fig. 1420, H. Rolland, Bronzes antiques de Haute-Provence (Basses-Alpes, Vaucluse), Paris, 1965, no. 298, and C. Braun, Römische Bronzebalsamarien mit Reliefdekor (BAR, vol. 917), Oxford, 2001, no. 44, pl. 49.