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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:
9 3/4in. (24.8cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Edith Perry Chapman Fund, 1955
Accession Number:
55.11.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163
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.
Said to be from Athribis in the Nile Delta, Egypt

Alexander, Christine. 1958. "Newly Acquired Bronzes." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 17(3): pp. 89, 91.

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

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

Himmelmann, Nikolaus. 1989. Herrscher und Athlet: Die Bronzen vom Quirinal. pp. 231-4, fig. 18, Milan: Olivetti.

Smith, Roland R.R. 1991. Hellenistic Sculpture: a handbook , World of Art. p. 19, fig. 5, New York: Thames and Hudson, London.

Schwentzel, Christian G. 1996. "L'image des Lagides de Ptolemee Ier à Cleopatre : étude historique de l'iconographie des Lagides. Ph.D. diss." Ph.D. Diss. pp. 76-7, ill. 59. Université de Paris-Sorbonne.

Pfrommer, Michael. 1999. Alexandria, im Schatten der Pyramiden. p. 111, fig. 152, Mainz am Rhein: Philipp von Zabern.

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

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

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

Picón, Carlos A. and Seán Hemingway. 2016. Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World no. 12, p. 111, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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