8 June 2004
A ROMAN BRONZE JUPITER
CIRCA 2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.
The bearded god standing with his weight on his right leg, the left relaxed and bent slightly at the knee, wearing an ample himation over his left shoulder and enveloping his legs, a thick diagonal roll of fabric across his torso, his left arm upraised, perhaps once holding a scepter, and his right arm lowered, perhaps once holding a phiale or thunderbolt, a thick wreath in his wavy center-parted hair
6 7/8 in. (217.4 cm.) high
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1989 (Gods and Mortals, no. 65).
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C.C. Vermeule and J.M. Eisenberg, Catalogue of the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Bronzes in the Collection of John Kluge, New York and Boston, 1992, no. 88-92.
A Hadrianic marble statue of Zeus from Perge, now in the Antalya Museum, depicts the god in the same pose and with the same arrangement of the mantle (see no. 292 in Karanastassi, "Zeus: Römische Kaiserzeit" in LIMC). The Perge marble and the Morven bronze both were inspired by a Greek original of the late 4th century B.C.
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