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MANDA - Museo Archeologico Nazionale d’Abruzzo - Villa Frigerj verified

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The Capestrano Warrior
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Hercules Curino
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Heracles Epitrapezios
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Stole statue of Foruli
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Statue of a discophore with head portrait by Foruli
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Statue of a military figure from Foruli
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Zeus
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Portrait from Alba Fucens
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Portrait of a Man from Alba Fucens
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Standing mummiform Osiris
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Three-disk armor
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Bronze fibula
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Sandals of Campovalano
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Cooking pan
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Olla
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Ring
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Tablets patron gods Amiternum
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Bronze altar
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Antefissa (n. 2)
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Antefissa (n. 1)
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Face
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The Capestrano Warrior
Hercules Curino
Heracles Epitrapezios
Stole statue of Foruli
Statue of a discophore with head portrait by Foruli
Statue of a military figure from Foruli
Zeus
Portrait from Alba Fucens
Portrait of a Man from Alba Fucens
Standing mummiform Osiris
Three-disk armor
Bronze fibula
Sandals of Campovalano
Cooking pan
Olla
Ring
Tablets patron gods Amiternum
Bronze altar
Antefissa (n. 2)
Antefissa (n. 1)
Face
Untitled

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Description

This statue is a rare complete copy of the Discophoros made by the Greek artist Polykeitos, characterized by the contrast and the juxtaposition in the legs and the arms and between the tensed muscles and the ones on rest. In a single sculpture, at the same time, there are both the ideas of movement and of resting.
The statue from Foruli presents all these peculiarities. The head is not the original one, but it was substituted in antiquity with a different sculpture, which is a real portrait of a young man, outlined in all the details, dating to the Julio-Claudian time (first half of the 1st century AD).
The man is represented in ideal (or heroic) nudity, the athletic body is slender and great attention is given to the volume of the muscle. He was probably from the eminent local family (gens in Latin) that erected the large public building where the statue was found together with other sculptures representing other important members of the family.
The custom to represent members of a wealthy family in a heterogeneous group of statues located in a public building was common among the wealthy families practicing euergetism (distribution of wealth to the community) in small cities contexts

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