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The Calf bearer

Date ca. 570 B.C. (original), early 20th century (plaster cast)
Object type plaster cast
Medium, technique plaster
Dimensions

210 × 94 × 90 cm

Inventory number Ag.359
Collection Classical Antiquites - Plaster casts
On view Star Fortress (Komárom), The Archaic period of Greek sculpture (650–480 BC), Gallery I

The statue depicts a bearded man, carrying a calf on his shoulders. The animal is a votive gift offered to the deity — just like the statue itself. According to the inscription on its base, it was “offered by Rhombos, the son of Palos” from Athens. He has pearl-like, long locks, the face shows the typical archaic smile. The man is strong, the abdominal muscles are well-defined. He is clad in a single mantle open at the front and worn close to the body. It is one of the masterpieces of sixth-century Athenian sculpture.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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