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Pericles - Item #7

$ 680.00



22 Inches High x 11 Inches Wide x 14 Inches Deep

This bust of Pericles, the Athenian statesman and general, is life-size. Four Roman marble copies of the bust survive and possibly a fifth as well. They are copies of a Greek bronze of a full figure by the sculptor Cresilas. The full figure, no longer extant, was likely nude and holding a spear. In the remaining bust, Pericles wears a Corinthian helmet that is pushed back. The bases of two of the copies, those of the British Museum and the Vatican Museums, are inscribed with Pericles's name written in Greek. Our reproduction is a copy of the bust in the British Museum.


Artist: Cresilas

Museum: British Museum, London, Pio Clementine Museum, Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Barracco Museum of Antique Sculpture, Rome, Antikensammlung Berlin, Berlin, and possibly Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey, USA

Time Period: Ancient Greek, 5th century B.C.E./Ancient Roman 

1911 Catalog ID # - 4024



"Portrait bust." Museum number 1805,0703.91. British Museum,

Tracy, Stephen V. "The Archaeological Evidence." Pericles: A Sourcebook and Reader. University of California Press, 2009, pp.32-44. Google Books,