This head was placed on a pillar of marble or bronze, the eyes were inlaid with glass paste, red copper heightens the mouth and eyebrows. The practice of raising statues to the victorious athletes continued for a long time in the Greek world, even after the Roman conquest.
The head known as Benevento has the proportions of the faces of the 5th century, but a kind of softness, the soft and thoughtful air, succeeding to the serious and victorious expression, make us think of a later date.
It is presumably a work from the Roman era; the slightly affected work of chiselling, its elegance, the arbitrary distribution of loops, thicker under the headband, have the perfection of works of Greek rebirth in the time of Augustus.
Perhaps the Roman foundryman had been inspired by a large Greek statue that would not have been preserved.
The origin, Benevento, known in the ancient Tyskievicz collection, confirms this hypothesis: in Roman times, the region was still under Greek influence for a long time.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 44 cm.
Length: 25 cm.
Depth: 25 cm.
Weight: 8.4 kg.
Origin: Greece, Peloponnese (Rome, Benevento excavations, Collection of Count Michel Tyzskiewicz).
Period: 1st century BC.
Museum: Paris - Museum of the Louvre.