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Тhe word 'mausoleum' is used to describe a building that contains a tomb, but the word was first used for the tomb of Maussollos at Halikarnassos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This over life-size figure comes from that tomb. The excavator of the site, Charles Newton, claimed that it represented Maussollos himself, but later research suggests that there were originally 36 such colossal portraits on the tomb, probably representations of Maussollos' ancestors. Although this statue was restored from at least 77 pieces, it is the best-preserved of the figures from the tomb.

The statue was not intended as a true likeness, but as a generic portrait of an Asiatic. The figure represented is clearly not Greek. The tunic, long hair, closely cropped beard and drooping moustache reflect Asiatic fashions of the time.

Colossal statue of a man


From Halikarnassos (modern Bodrum), southwestern
Turkey, c. 350 вс
Ht 300 cm.


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