|EARLY IMPERIAL ROMAN BRONZE NUDE ODYSSEUS FLEEING
The hero is depicted lunging forward on his left leg, the right extending back, his muscular torso twisted, his arms bent, the right held forth, the left pulled back at the shoulder, his head turned sharply to his right, wearing a pilos helmet high on his head, with a full beard and thick curls framing his face.
Very fine style. A rare depiction.
1st Century BC/AD
H. 5 in. (12.7 cm.)
Ex C. Newhall collection, Owings Mills, Maryland.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Gods and Mortals II, 2004, no. 41; J. Eisenber, Art of the Ancient World, 2003, no. 42; J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2014, no. 43.
Odysseus' stance recalls his position on the massive sculptural group of the Blinding of Polyphemus from Sperlonga. See fig. 10 in Buitron, et al., The Odyssey and Ancient Art, 1992.