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Bronzes


© Jean Mauferon
© Jean Mauferon
The first statuette shows a young man performing a libation, a liquid offering to a divinity. With the head representing exactly one-seventh of the total height, this figurine respects the aspect ratio codified by the bronze-smelter Polykleitos in fifth century BCE.

Everything in this character expresses a rhythm: the disequilibrium inferred by the counterpoise is compensated by the rising of the opposite shoulder; the muscular mass accentuates the interplay of light and shadow.
This work finds inspiration in Greek art, but its hairstyle places it among more recent works from the beginning of the Common Era.

Ephebe performing a libation. Bronze from Villefranche-de-Rouergue (Aveyron).

End of the Hellenistic epic or Early Roman Empire.
Inv. 25603.

© J.-F. Peiré
© J.-F. Peiré
The second work depicts a panther attacking a knight. 

All of the wild animal’s musculature is contracted in his desire to conquer. His mouthful of fangs devours the horse’s chest as he holds down its thighs with his enormous claws. The depiction appears as if it grasps hold of a real event. The violence of the frontal impact is accentuated by the very elongated body of the beast, excessively out of proportion in relation to his prey. The man and his mount appear as if suspended above the aggressor.
This metallic sculpture was without a doubt pieced together in the lateral left part on the Roman chariot as it leaves room for mounting holes underneath.

Bronze ornament of a chariot. Discovered in Revel (Haute-Garonne).

Second century.
Inv. 25517
Lu 822 fois

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