The muscular torso, the undeveloped pubic hair, the hip thrust to the right and the position of the legs all recall the pose of the "Westmacott Ephebe" in the British Museum. This is recognized as being a Roman copy of an original by Polykleitos of the late 5th century B.C. Our sculpture differs only in the position of the right arm, here lowered, but raised on the Ephebe. The re-working of Greek models is a typical feature of Roman workshops.
Described in a letter by Dr. E. Berger, Director of the Antikenmuseum, Basel, dated 5 May 1967.