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ID 4
Grid Ref TQ3280
Project type Chance
County Greater London
Site London
Site Name River Thames at London Bridge
Site Type Large town
Location Type Unknown
Context Unknown
Context Quality 0
Object Period 0
Material Bronze
Other finds from site Found with 4 other figurines (9-12)
Import Yes
Location British Museum
Ref No 1848,0803.44
M/F Male
Age Youth
Form Figurine
Type Human
Name Athlete
Aliases Narcissus, Priest
Bearded No
Standing/Seated Standing
Headgear Fillet
Attributes Yes
Attribute description Object, possible jumping weight (athlete) or mirror (Narcissus)
Clothed No
Drapery No
Condition Good, small patches of corrosion.
Classical 1
Quality Classical 1
Photo Yes
Illustration Yes
Height 123.50
Length 0.00
Prototype Diadumenos of Polykleitos
Parallels Faider-Feytmans 1957, no 58; Leibundgut 1976, no 13; Babelon and Blanchet 1895, no 307
References Smith 1840, pl iv and 1859, 69; Pitts 1979, no 149; Toynbee 1964, 118, pl XXX a, Green 1976, 222, no 18; British Museum 1964, 54
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Description Finely modelled (face, fingers and toes). Slender figure with long legs, the right arm is slightly too thick and the left arm is shorter than the right. Wears a turban with a band of wavy hair beneath. Stands with weight on right leg, left bent and slightly behind. The small breasts have resulted in one of his identifications as a hermaphrodite.


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