early imperial

Marble Head of a Youth

Copy of work attributed to Polykleitos

Early Imperial, Claudian,ca. A.D. 41–54, Roman, Marble, Stone Sculpture.

Copy of a Greek bronze statue of ca. 450 B.C. attributed to Polykleitos

This head is associated with the statue of a nude athlete who probably held a diskos. The famous Greek sculptor Polykleitos sought rigorous, mathematically based proportions in his figures. “Perfection comes about little by little through many numbers” he is reported to have stated. His attention to the smallest details can be seen in the precise design of each lock of hair on this head.

Source: The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

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Roman Bronze Figure of  Priapus, 1st Century AD

This beautifully expressive figure has a rich patina with fine anatomical details, including his characteristically over life-sized phallus. The deity exhibits an elegant counterpoised twist, his right arm folded beneath the robe from above, the left grasping it below, holding his fruits. It has a freedom of movement that is accentuated by the flowing drapery, suggesting an early Imperial date for the god.

Greek and Roman writings mention that Priapus was the son of Aphrodite and Dionysus (or Hermes, Zeus, and Pan), depending on the tradition of individual texts. In keeping with his celebrated parents, the deity is synonymous with health, fertility, as well as prosperity. His cult spread rapidly from Asia Minor in the fourth century BC to the heart of the Roman world in the late Republican period. As a rustic god he presided over the bounty of gardens and orchards. Figures of this kind were popular in houses rather than a public setting, and prized by elites for safeguarding human and natural fertility. He is famously depicted on a fresco dating to the first century AD in the House of the Vetti, Pompeii. The best known accounts of his often risqué behaviour are from the Priapeia, a collection of poems by the Roman literary genius Martial in the second century AD.


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Mosaics: Three divine personifications celebrate in a symposium–Opora (Fruit), Agros (Field) and Oinos (Wine). The lady of late summer has a basket of ripe fruit, and Agros and Oinos each hold wine cups.

The Arcadian river-god Ladon reclines beside the Naiad Psanis. The god is crowned with reeds and holds a cornucopia in his hand. The nymph rests her arm upon an upturned, golden water-pitcher spilling water.

Roman, 3rd Century A.D.