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Graeco Roman Bronze Figure Of Alexander The Great - OF.145
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 300 BC to 100 AD
Dimensions: 3.25" (8.3cm) high x 2.25" (5.7cm) wide
Collection: Classical Antiquities
Medium: Bronze


Location: UAE
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Undoubtedly one of the most important and famous figures from the ancient world, this small bronze figurine of Alexander the Great represents the man who conquered vast expanses of the world. He is shown here wearing the armour of a Greek hoplite, flaunting his military prowess. On his head is a wreath, indicating possibly his athletic prowess (wreathes were awarded to the victors at athletic competitions), or showing his link to Dionysus, the god of wine, of whom he was particularly fond. His right arm is outstretched, interestingly, in the manner of a Roman Emperor, hence dating this figurine to the 1st century B.C./A.D. In his left hand he holds a globe. Although it appears plain, it could be that it was representative of the world, the world that Alexander had conquered in the 4th century B.C. His face exhibits the characteristic deep-set eyes of Alexander, as made famous by the Lysippian portraits of him, as well as his typically Lysippic leonine hair. His expression is lofty, his mouth slightly open as if in speech. This figurine could have been made to represent him as if making a speech to his subjects. - (OF.145)

 

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