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Late Hellenistic Dadophoros Candlestick

1st century BC-1st century AD

A late Hellenistic or Eastern Roman bronze statuette of a standing young torch bearer (dadophoros), wrapped in his mandyas (Macedonian cavalry cloak), naturalistic facial features, Macedonian cap (kausia) to the head; the lower part of the base for the insertion of torch or candle. 176 grams, 10cm (4"). Very fine condition. Very rare.

Property of a South London collector; acquired before 1980.
Cf. Metropolitan Museum inv. n.74.51.2701, for a similar statuette of a boy in kausia.
Statuettes of this type often represented small boys dressed in Macedonian military costume and were used as candlesticks to light household shrines. The cap (kausia) was typical of Hellenistic military dress and had been worn by cavalrymen since Alexander’s campaigns of the 4th century BC.