skip to content

Museum of Classical Archaeology Databases

Argive Heraeum - male torso

Probably a soldier from a metope.

One of a large number of sculptural fragments from the temple, of which nothing else survives. Behind the figure’s left shoulder is a fragment of a shield, and we can also see the hand of his opponent, probably an Amazon. According to Pliny the gold and ivory cult statue of Hera in the temple was made by Polykleitos, a native of Argos

Number: 
202d
Material: 
Marble
Location of Original: 

Athens, National Museum 1561-1583

Size: 
0.53m
References: 

Waldstein: The Argive Heraeum I, pl. XXXIV
Lippold: Griechische Plastik, pl. 74.3
Kähler: Das Griechische Metopenbild (1949), 110, no.91, pl. 91

Date: 
c.420 BCE
Sculptor: 
Polykleitos (school of)
Provenance: 

Found on site of the Heraeum in the Argive Plain

Search Casts

Use our search tools to search the Casts Archive

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge

Every cast tells two stories.
One ancient. One modern.

Admission is free.

Opening hours

Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat: 10am-1pm (Univ. term-time only)
Sun: Closed

Visit us

Museum of Classical Archaeology
Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA

Get in touch

Tel. +44 (0)1223 330402
Email

Facebook Twitter