Greek Statuette of a Young Man

$1,447.44

A Greek terracotta statuette of a nude young man. The figure is shown standing on a pedestal, wearing a long drape upon his shoulders. The facial features, hair, and anatomical details are carefully crafted. The original pink pigment is still visible on the figure’s body and face, while traces of the original yellow and blue pigmentation can be discerned on the young man’s long drape.

Date: 4th - 3rd Century BC
Condition: Excellent condition; some signs of ageing and brown earthy encrustations on the surface.

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Product Code: PM-43
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This statuette is a wonderful example of the polychromy that defined Greek sculpture. Traces of paint left on an artefact are usually too small to be detected by the human eye, and so require technology to be discerned. In this instance, however, the polychromy is clear, making the statuette an excellent and rare insight into how Greek statuary was intended to look, and would have appeared in its original form.

To find out more about polychromy in ancient art, please refer to our relevant article: Polychromy in Ancient Greece

Weight 271.70 g
Dimensions L 23.5 cm
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Pottery and Porcelain

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