8 June 2004
A ROMAN BRONZE RUNNING GAUL
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
Landing on his straight right leg, the toes pointed, his left leg bent and extending behind him, his arms bent and raised with hands fisted, perhaps once holding attributes, depicted nude but for a billowing hooded cloak pinned at the right shoulder, hanging over his left arm and covering his torso, his head turned sharply to his right, with long unruly locks, small recessed eyes and pointed chin, his downturned moustache framing his lips
4 in. (10.2 cm.) high
with Daedalus Gallery, New York, 1991.
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1991 (Art of the Ancient World, vol. VI, part 2, no. 36).
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From Olympus to the Underworld, Ancient Bronzes from the John W. Kluge Collection, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 26 March - 23 June 1996.
The features of this figure echo those of the famous Dying Gaul and the Ludovisi Group. These are both known from Roman copies of the groups set up on the acropolis at Pergamon celebrating the Attalid's defeat of the Gauls in the 3rd century B.C. The Romans adopted these images in commemoration of Caesar's defeat of the Gauls in the mid 1st century B.C. (see p. 65 in Romans and Barbarians).
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