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Head of athlete (Diadumenos)
Sculpture
Late Hellenistic copy of a Greek original by Polyclitus (second half of the 5th century B.C.)
Pentelic marble

This head, from Terracina, is badly damaged, but we can still perceive the very high quality of the copy, which accurately reproduces in marble the refined chiseling of the bronze original. In the Diadumenos, Polyclitus was trying out, around 430 B.C., a new balance in the athlete’s figure, resulting from the position of the raised arms.

Provenance: From Terracina, Latium
Inventory: Inv. MB 107

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