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Doryphoros and Horse Relief

Funeral relief of a young spearbearer walking with his horse. The figure is closely derived from the free-standing Doryphoros of Polykleitos. It was found at Argos, which was Polykleitos’s place of birth.

The heavy spear of the original, a weapon of war, has been converted into an athlete’s javelin for the purposes of this relief; the hair of the young man appears to be tied like that of an athlete, and there are no symbols of battle in the scene

Location of Original: 

Athens National Museum 3153


Purchased in 1884 from Martinelli of Athens


Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 163 (n.14 – actually on next page)
Richter: Sculpture & Sculptors of the Greeks (1950), 248, fig.649
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 64, no.285
Papaspiridi: Guide du Musée Nationale d’Athènes (1927), 266

Late C5 BCE

Found at Argos

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