|LATE HELLENISTIC BRONZE NUDE ZEUS (JUPITER)
Nude, standing in a relaxed pose, his right arm bent and held out before him with the palm open, his eyes inlaid in silver.
1st Century BC/AD
H. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm.)
Ex John Kluge collection, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 1991, no. 28; J. Eisenberg, Gods and Mortals, 2004, no. 36; J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2009, no. 40.
Cf. Ars and Texnh, Art and Craft of the Graeco-Roman World, 1989, no. 9.
This type is roughly based on the colossal bronze Zeus by Myron that stood with Athena and Herakles in the Heraion on Samos. The Zeus was brought to Rome by Antony and was erected by Augustus in a small temple on the Capitoline Hill, inspiring variations and interpretations of the type, which were ubiquitous in the early Roman Period. See no. 127ff. in Tiverios, "Zeus" in LIMC.