Thursday, November 11, 2010

Calf Bearer

What a goofy looking kid, eh?

Thanks to the inscription at the bottom of the statue, it is known that this specific piece of sculpture was made in the likeness of the man who was going to offer it to Athena at her temple. The cloak he is wearing is only slightly discernible from the rest of his body and remains open in the front, revealing well-defined abdominals. The calf he carried around his neck is one for sacrifice and the X-formation which this creates between it and his hands draws the eye to the center of the body. His hair is details, tied back with a ribbon and falling in braids. On his face is the slightly humorous (in retrospect of course) archaic smile. He is bearded indicating that he is not a youth but still of a young age.

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