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A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF AN ATHLETE
CIRCA 1ST - 2ND CENTURY A.D.
Over-lifesized, originally standing in contrapposto with his weight on his right leg, the left slightly advanced, the right arm raised, the left arm lowered and projecting forward, the musculature well-modeled, a recess at the neck for insertion of the separately-made and now-missing head, a small square mortise on the upper right thigh.
The pose of this impressive athletic torso recalls that of the 'oil-pourer' traditionally associated with Polykleitos and his followers. From the raised right hand he would be pouring oil from a vessel into a bowl held in his lowered left hand. For a closely related example see the marble figure in Dresden, no. 146 in Beck, Bol and Bückling, Polyklet, Der Bildhauer der griechischen Klassik.