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Choiseul-Gouffier Apollo

Roman copy of a bronze original. There is no certainty that this male nude represents Apollo; his hair is tied with a fillet much like an athlete of boxer, and there is a leather thong, used on the boxer’s hands, on the tree stump.
The sculpture has been known since the eighteenth century and is named after the French ambassador who once owned it. At some point in its history its surface appears to have been re-worked

Location of Original: 

London British Museum 209


Donation by H Sidgwick 29 May 1880 to the Fitzwilliam Museum; transferred to the Museum in 1884. Original source – Brucciani of London


Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 102 (n.1), pl. 32.1
Poulsen, WH: Der Strenge Stil, Acta Archaeologica VIII (1937), 136-
Lawrence: Classical Sculpture (1928), 173 & 211, pl. 41a (left)
Pfeiff: Apollon (1943), pl. 29a
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 28, no.110
Reporter: 19 June 1885, 891, no.104

Roman. Original: c.460 BCE

From the Choiseul-Gouffier collection

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