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Head of Lycean Apollo
Roman copy of a Greek original attributed to Euphranor (second half of the 4th century B.C.)
Parian marble

The head, with its refined hairstyle, derives from a copy of the statue of the youthful Apollo erected in the Lyceum grove in Athens (famous as the place where Aristotle taught) and attributed to the sculptor Euphranor. The god is shown in a relaxed pose, his right arm raised and the hand resting on his head. The statue’s presence on the grounds of the Lyceum made Apollo the protector of the young athletes who worked out at the gymnasium. The Greek original was probably created in the second half of the 4th century B.C.

Provenance: Purchased in Rome
Inventory: Inv. MB 131

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