The Hellenistic Prince

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published on 30 April 2013

The 2nd century BCE bronze statue known as 'The Hellenistic Prince'. The statue perhaps represents Attalus II, king of Pergamon. The head may also be a portrait of an unknown wealthy Roman, eager to appear as a Hellenistic prince. The work is influenced by the 4th century BCE sculpture of Alexander by Lysippus and is one of the very rare examples of bronze Hellenistic sculpture. The statue is cast by the lost-wax technique and the figure holds a spear in his right hand. Provenance: the Quirinal, Rome. (Palazzo Massimo, Rome).



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