Male statue
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Male statue

hollow cast bronze
late 1st cent.BC
preserved height cm 91
cat. 15055

This large fragment of a statue of monumental size, slightly larger than in real life, is one of the few examples of bronze statuary that can still be dated to the 1st cent. BC. The bronze, hollow inside, made with the technique of indirect lost-wax fusion, is a male portrait idealized according to the canons of the heroized type, given its naked trunk, covered only by a mantle falling over the shoulder and the left arm.. The huge and greatly lengthened neck was probably an expedient for optical correction taking into account that the statue would be viewed from below. It is also quite likely that originally the statue was placed on a high pedestal. The life like effect of the statue was originally heightened by insertions of different materials that faithfully reproduced the eyeballs. The glazed bronze simulated the male complection, while insertions in copper sheeting rendered the red of the lips and the mammary areolas.