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Hellenistic - Bronze Figurine - Theseus

Antiquities - Greek


LOT 630

Estimate
GBP (£) 6,000 - 8,000
EUR (€) 6,800 - 9,070
USD ($) 8,390 - 11,190
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Price (+bp): £4,500 (EUR 5,103; USD 6,294)
HELLENISTIC - BRONZE FIGURINE - THESEUS

1st century BC - 1st century AD. A copper-alloy statuette of a hero, probably Theseus, naked but with a lionskin draped round his shoulders; his right hand raised to his brow or forelock; his left hand brandishing the curved club he took from Periphetes; his stance advancing; the feet appearing somewhat oversized due to removal from a surrounding base. 590 grams, 160 mm tall.

Condition
Very fine, with attractive patina. Rare.

Provenance
From an old private collection formed in the 1950's.

Footnotes
Theseus's adventures are known from several Greek authors, including Plutarch and Aristhophanes. He was the legendary founder-king of Athens, the son of Aethra, fathered by the human king Aegeus and the god Poseidon. Theseus was a founder-hero, who overcame an existing politico-religious order to found a political union of all Attica after which he established the cult of Aphrodite Pandemos (Aphrodite of all the People) on the southern slope of the Acropolis. His overcoming of the Minotaur may be a mythologised version of the rise of Athens from Minoan domination.

Date
Thursday 9th September 2010 at The Swedenborg Hall Antiquities & Coins

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