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Gods and goddesses of Greece and Rome

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This twisted torso is all that survives of a statue of a well-known type of Apollo, Greek god of music, art and oracles. Complete versions of the statue, known as Apollo ‘the lizard-slayer’ (Sauroktonos), show the youthful naked god leaning against a tree and watching a lizard, which he is about to kill. The original statue, of about 350 BC by the Athenian sculptor Praxiteles, was made of bronze, but it survives today in later Roman versions usually made of marble, like this one.

Date: around  100 BC
Marble (Pentelic)
Given by Shannon, C.H.
Ricketts and Shannon Collection

Object Number: GR.94.1937

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