This superb bronze figure stands before us as
before the gods: totally naked. His open-palmed
gesture seems to suggest his vulnerability, his
acceptance of his mortal status and his
willingness to take whatever fate deals him.
When we gaze upon a votive piece like this, so
many questions arise: who offered him and
under what circumstances? What did that person
expect in return? Were their prayers answered?
Art like this transcends the aesthetic and takes a
very human face.