Exhibitions/ Art Object

Bronze statue of a man

ca. mid-2nd-1st century B.C.
H. 73 in. (185.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Renée E. and Robert A. Belfer, 2001
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Honorific statues like this one were typically portraits of prominent individuals awarded by the city-state or ruler in gratitude for significant benefactions. They were the highest honor that a city could offer. This impressive figure stands in contrapposto. His right hand stretches out from the folds of his himation (cloak), with open palm and fingers curled upward in a gesture of oration. His left arm lies close to his body. The himation is kept in place in part by the tasseled weight thrown over his left shoulder, which hangs at his calf, and the indication of his musculature and anatomy continues underneath his garment. The several horizontal bands that decorate the fabric,which may have been painted or gilded, comprise a rare detail.
Reported to be the property of Herr A. Weber of Eulenbruch, near Cologne, Germany, from the late 1970’s. Sold by Phoenix Ancient Art to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Belfer in 2001. Partial gift of Robert and Renée Belfer to the Museum in 2001, remainder given in 2010.
Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 212, pp. 184-85, 447, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2012. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. p. 75, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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