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 Hybrisstas - Poseidon or Zeus ?
 Tryphon - Head flask in the form of a smiling negro head
 Anonymous - Plaque in cameo glass : satyr holding out a bunch of grapes to the child Dionysus
 Anonymous - The Esquiline patera
 Anonymous - The Bacchus of the via del Babuino
 Petit Palais Painter 336 - Lekythoi with a bistre background
 Polykleitos (after) - Ephebe from the Fins d’Annecy
 Anonymous - Calyx-Krater : Herakles in the garden of the Hesperides
 Dutuit painter - Oinochoe with a trefoil-shaped mouth
 Colmar painter (decoration attributed to the) - Mule rhyton

Ephebe from the Fins d’Annecy

Polykleitos (after)
Production : Rome
Circa 30 BC
Provenance : Les Fins d’Annecy (Boutae)
H. : 62 cm

A neo-Attic school developed in Greece and Italy in the late 2nd century BC. It exploited the new market for “classicist” styles inspired by the masterpieces of the 5th and 4th centuries. Large numbers of marble and, more rarely, bronze copies of originals were produced. The Fins d’Annecy Ephebe, created between 50 and 30 BC after the original by Polykleitos, is a perfect illustration of this late Republic art form.

How did this single statuette come to be in Gaul ? It was perhaps in the luggage of a high-ranking figure taking office there or was brought back from Rome by one of the local members of the Romanised elite.

Was it originally designed as a devotional object ? The divine attribute, now broken, which was held in the left hand was added at an unknown date. In what form was the statue venerated therefore ? Perhaps as Hermes the caduceus carrier or the benevolent spirit with the cornucopia, symbol of fertile harvests (Bonus Eventus) ? The collection of bronzes discovered at Fins d’Annecy in 1867 offers a striking summary of local history. This statuette broken into several pieces and three portraits, all having clearly played a part in public life, were placed in a carefully prepared cache.

Inventory number: 
Inventory number : ADUT00001
Acquisition details : Dutuit bequest, 1902
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