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Bronze head of Apollo («Chatsworth Head»)
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This bronze head comes from a slightly over life-size statue. At the time it was made, in the fifth century ВС, the Greeks usually represented only deities as over life-size, so it is probably the image of a god rather than an idealized human. The long curly locks of hair suggest that it is from a statue of the 'golden-haired' god Apollo, who was associated with light, beauty and music.

The eyes were originally inlaid and the lips may have been painted. This statue was discovered in Cyprus in 1836. Surviving bronze statues are rare, as they were often melted down for reuse over the centuries, and unfortunately the rest of this statue met the same fate shortly after its discovery. The head is known as the Chatsworth Head because it once belonged to the Dukes of Devonshire and was kept at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.

Bronze head of Apollo («Chatsworth Head»)


Found near Tamassos, Cyprus, c. 460 вс
Ht 31,6cm.


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