This extremely fine bronze head would have been used in antiquity to embellish bronze furniture, toiletries tables, jewellery boxes or harnesses. It was the custom for the Ancient Greeks, especially the wealthy, to have highly decorated everyday life objects. Bronzes of this type might have been modelled in the shape of zoomorphic creature, mythological heroes, gods and goddesses. Although is impossible to discern the identity behind the figure, the quality of the metalworking can be linked to the Hellenistic sculptural production, which was renowned in Antiquity for its naturalism.
Greek Hellenistic Bronze Youth’s Head
An extremely fine Greek Hellenistic bronze youth’s head modelled in the round and featuring a wide, circular opening to the top, suggesting that the piece might have been used in antiquity to decorate and embellish a piece of furniture or jewellery box. The figure’s facial features are cast in an extremely naturalistic manner, with much attention given towards the rendering of details such as eyes, nose, lips and wavy hair. A unique piece that testifies the ability of the ancient Greeks in the working of bronze and precious metals.
Condition: Extremely fine. Mounted on a custom-made stand, ideal for display.