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Delphi Charioteer

Date

478-474 BC

Provenance

Delphi near Temple of Apollo

Material

Bronze, silver, copper, lead, onyx

Attribution

Unknown, found in landslide

Authenticity

Original 5th century bronze

Subject Matter

Honorific, Polyzalos of Gela

Anatomy

Short curly hair, trace of facial hair.

Eyelashes and fingernails included.

Eyes inlaid with glass in stone.

Made from 9 separate pieces.

Pattern and Proportion

Chiton main source of pattern.

All facial features in proportion.

Head to body ratio 1:8, 5’11” life-size.

Pose and Realism

Pose not accurate for race.

Head slightly turned to right.

Feet should be wide spread.

Drapery

Conceals muscular figure, rather than revealing it.

One of the first male statues to be clothed.

Chiton similar to fluted column.

Headband made from different metals.

Emotion

Severe look.

Focused and determined on winning – realistic expression.


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