the Riace Bronzes: the Younger and the Old - 32 cm (12,60 in) with wooden base
The Riace Bronzes, considered among the most significant examples of classical Greek art, are two bronze statues depicting two naked men, originally armed with a shield and spear, which have become a symbol of the city of Reggio Calabria. The statues are now on display at the Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria, where they returned in December 2013 after the restoration of the museum, which is still in progress. The Bronzes were found in 1972, in an exceptional state of conservation, on the bottom of the Ionian Sea, near the town of Riace Marina, by a passionate diver during a dive about 200 m from the coast and at a depth of 8 m. The hypotheses on the origin, on the dating and on the authors of the statues are different. Probably dating back to the mid-fifth century. BC, it was assumed that the Bronzes were thrown into the sea during a storm to lighten the ship carrying them or that the boat itself was sunk with the statues. A first restoration took place in the years 1975-80 in Florence, where, in addition to cleaning and preserving the external surfaces, the interior began to be emptied of the original fusion earth. The Riace Bronzes are 1.98 and 1.97 meters high and weigh 160 kg. They depict two men completely naked, with beard and curly hair, the left arm bent, and the right one stretched out at the side. Both wore a helmet, held a spear or sword in their right hand and held a shield with their left arm, elements that were disassembled upon boarding to allow the statues to be placed on their backs and to facilitate transport.
These reproductions in agglomerate of marble and resin are about 32 cm high including a wooden base (120x85x20h mm) and weigh about 1 kg.
They are available in antique bronze color and are sold individually or in pairs
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