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Bronze statuette of a rider wearing an elephant skin

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Edith Perry Chapman Fund, 1955
Accession Number:
55.11.11
  • Description

    As Alexander the Great is represented with a similar elephant skin on coins minted by Ptolemy I of Egypt, this statuette may represent Alexander as ruler of Egypt. This figure has also been identified as Demetrios I of Bactria, who is represented on coins wearing the scalp of an elephant in recognition of his conquests in India. Its monumental quality may signify that it reflects a famous large-scale equestrian statue.

  • Provenance

    Said to be from Athribis in the Nile Delta, Egypt

  • References

    Kyrieleis, Helmut. 1975. Bildnisse der Ptolemäer. Berlin: Gebr. Mann, no. B2, p. 166, pls. 10.1-3.

    Yalouris, Nikolaos, Manolis Andronikos, Katerina Rhomiopoulou, Ariel Herrmann, Cornelius Vermeule, and Dr. Manolis Korres. 1980. The Search for Alexander: An Exhibition. Boston: New York Graphic Society, no. 46, p. 123.

    Nihon Hoso Kyokai. 2003. Alexander the Great: East-West Cultural Contacts from Greece to Japan. Tokyo: Nihon Hoso Kyokai, no. 26, p. 52.

    Pandermalis, Dimitrios. 2004. Alexander the Great: Treasures from an Epic Era of Hellenism New York: The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), Inc, no. 7, p. 28.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 202, pp. 172, 441.

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