at: PRAXITELES Head of the Ephebe of Marathon ca. 325 BC / 2000 - x +
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CN: PraxB325ephe

MT: patinated plaster after original bronze (28x21x18 / B:40)

DN: Archaeological Receipt Fund, Hellenic Ministry of Culture - 2006

CM: This is the head of the magnificent bronze statue known as Ephebe of Marathon standing 130 cm in high. This statue was found in 1926 in the sea of the Marathon bay. The statue represents a male ephebe (adolescent), and is thought to be a likeness of god Hermes. It is an Attic work, probably of Praxiteles or one of his students, of about 325 BC. The proportions and posture of the body have an obvious similarity with those of Praxiteles' Hermes carrying the Infant Dionysus. The sign on the statue's pedestal refers to it as one of a wrestler. The bronze head has eyes of inlaid marble, which endow the face with a life-like appearance. With the exception of the left arm, which is likely a later repair, the statue is considered to be a masterpiece.

[Megakles Rogakos 05/2006]

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