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Draped Male Figure

Draped Male Figure

c. 150 BCE–200 CE
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

This sculpture was cast in many pieces, expertly joined together to create one figure (with at least one more piece for the head, now lost).


The extremely high quality and monumental scale of this bronze draped figure have suggested to some that it is a Roman imperial portrait. Unusually, however, the pose and dress resemble those of a Greek philosopher or orator (wearing a chiton and himation) rather than a Roman statesman (who would wear a toga). Thus, without a head, inscription, or other attributes, the identity of the figure represented remains unknown.
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    Edward Merrin Galleries, New York, NY
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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