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"Narcissus"

This is one of a number of Roman copies of a Greek original. The bent left leg is reminiscent of the Doryphoros, and the boy leans on a pillar like an Ephesian Amazon. The twist of the body and the slope of the shoulders, however, are much more extreme that in those and other works of Polykleitos.

It is possible that the statue was a funerary monument to a young athlete. The character of the sculpture is very reflective, giving rise to its being named after the youth who gazed into the water at his own image.

There is a complementary mirror-image copy in the Nelson collection in Liverpool

Number: 
192
Material: 
Marble
Location of Original: 

Paris, Louvre 456-7

Size: 
1.07m
References: 

Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 165 (n.8), pl. 60.2
Lawrence: Classical Sculpture (1928), 213

Date: 
Roman. Original: c.430 BCE
Sculptor: 
Of original: school of Polykleitos
Provenance: 

Said to have been found in the delta region of Egypt

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