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Greek - Goddess or Maiden - Walters 54773 - Three Quarter

Greek - Goddess or Maiden - Walters 54773 - Three Quarter

This unique and beautifully preserved figurine was one of the first Greek experiments in casting the female form in bronze. She may have been a votive offering, possibly to the goddess Artemis. The simple facia... More

Greek - Siren with a Kithara from a Grave Monument - Walters 233

Greek - Siren with a Kithara from a Grave Monument - Walters 233

This expressive figure of a mournful siren playing the kithara, a musical instrument like a lyre, originally crowned a funerary monument. Sirens were mythical creatures that were part-woman, part-bird, who, whi... More

Egyptian - Zeus-Ammon - Walters 54984

Egyptian - Zeus-Ammon - Walters 54984

The god is clothed in a "himation" (mantle) and has a long beard and the Egyptian composite crown of Amun-Re with ram horns, sun disk, two plumes, and a uraeus serpent on either side. He holds a thunderbolt in ... More

Greco-Roman - Eros - Walters 541176

Greco-Roman - Eros - Walters 541176

Anonymous (Greco-Roman). 'Eros ?,' 100 BC-200. bronze. Walters Art Museum (54.1176): Acquired before 1931.

Greek - Statuette of a Boxer - Walters 541006 - Back

Greek - Statuette of a Boxer - Walters 541006 - Back

This exquisitely modeled boxer demonstrates the sculptor's ability to realistically render the athletic physique. The figure also reveals the level of excellence Hellenistic artists achieved in small-scale scul... More

Roman - Youth of the Narcissus Type - Walters 2326

Roman - Youth of the Narcissus Type - Walters 2326

On better-preserved copies of the original statue, the youth is supported by a low pillar. His torso is off-balance, and his head would have been inclined forward and turned to the left, accentuating the S-curv... More

Greek - Eros - Walters 482527 - Public domain museum image. A statue of an angel holding a bird

Greek - Eros - Walters 482527 - Public domain museum image. A statue o...

The fluttering ends of the drapery and the thick white underpainting, or "slip," are recognizably South Italian. All Hellenistic terracotta figurines were gaily painted with bright colors, usually derived from plants.

Greek - Goddess or Maiden - Walters 54773 - Back

Greek - Goddess or Maiden - Walters 54773 - Back

This unique and beautifully preserved figurine was one of the first Greek experiments in casting the female form in bronze. She may have been a votive offering, possibly to the goddess Artemis. The simple facia... More

Greek - Head of an Athlete - Walters 23103 - Three Quarter

Greek - Head of an Athlete - Walters 23103 - Three Quarter

The unusual hairstyle, with twisted locks falling down the back of the head, the receding forehead, and the flaring nostrils suggest that the subject is an athlete. The exaggerated features are characteristic o... More

Greek - Maiden from a Mirror Stand - Walters 54774 - Back

Greek - Maiden from a Mirror Stand - Walters 54774 - Back

This elegantly attired maiden originally served as the support for a mirror, much like the complete example nearby. Her poise and grace exemplify the refined and contemplative spirit of the Early Classical peri... More

Greek - Sphinx Vase Ornament - Walters 541078

Greek - Sphinx Vase Ornament - Walters 541078

Locri Epizephyrii (present-day Gerace, Italy), a particularly active bronze-working center, specialized in richly ornamental attachments for vessels and utensils. This vase attachment is in the form of a sphinx... More

Greek - Tanagra Figurine - Walters 23281 - Three Quarter Left

Greek - Tanagra Figurine - Walters 23281 - Three Quarter Left

NaN Public domain photograph of ancient Greek artifact, archaeological object, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Italian - Walking Horse "after Lysippus" - Walters 5450

Italian - Walking Horse "after Lysippus" - Walters 5450

This graceful, elegant creature is a small-scale copy of one of the four life-size walking horses on the facade of the Basilica of St. Mark in Venice. In the Renaissance, they were thought to have been cast by... More

Roman - Head of a Goddess - Walters 23146 - Right Profile

Roman - Head of a Goddess - Walters 23146 - Right Profile

This head is a fragment of one of the finest existing replicas of Phidias' statue known as the "Hera Borghese." The preeminent sculptor of Athens in the High Classical period, Phidias was also the creator of th... More

Greek - Apollo and Artemis - Walters 237

Greek - Apollo and Artemis - Walters 237

The model for this relief was probably a dedicatory offering on the Athenian Acropolis. Copies intended for decorating the home were produced as late as the 2nd century. Several other almost identical examples... More

Greek - Head of a Woman - Walters 48327

Greek - Head of a Woman - Walters 48327

traces of white slip with plaster base Public domain photograph of ancient Greek artifact, archaeological object, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Greek - Hellenistic Ruler - Walters 541045 - Detail A

Greek - Hellenistic Ruler - Walters 541045 - Detail A

This statue is characteristic of a portrait tradition of Alexander that was established during his life. The powerfully muscular physique with irregularly bulging contours suggests that the figure was created b... More

Roman - Amazon - Walters 2392 - Public domain museum image. A statue of a woman holding a vase

Roman - Amazon - Walters 2392 - Public domain museum image. A statue o...

In mythology, Amazons were mighty female warriors who fought against the Greeks. These sensual but fierce women offered Classical sculptors the opportunity to depict the bared female breast. This statue reprodu... More

Roman - Torso of the Diadoumenos - Walters 23224

Roman - Torso of the Diadoumenos - Walters 23224

This powerful torso was part of a copy of the "Diadoumenos," a Greek statue by the famous master sculptor Polykleitos that has not survived. The original depicted a youthful nude athlete with both arms raised t... More

Egyptian - Child Boxer - Walters 541001 - Three Quarter

Egyptian - Child Boxer - Walters 541001 - Three Quarter

The muscularity of the boy's body suggests that he is the child Herakles who was taught boxing skills by Harpalykos of Phanote, the son of Hermes.

Greek - Griffin Attachment from a Cauldron - Walters 542950 - Right Side

Greek - Griffin Attachment from a Cauldron - Walters 542950 - Right Si...

A "protome" is a decorative element representing the head and neck of a person or animal. This griffin's head, which with several others decorated a large bronze cauldron, is characteristic of the Orientalizin... More

Greek - Pedagogue and Boy - Walters 481934

Greek - Pedagogue and Boy - Walters 481934

A pedagogue was an adult male who supervised the moral and social education of a young boy. In Hellenistic times, boys and girls attended privately funded elementary schools, but formal education beyond this le... More

Greek - Seated Muse or Nymph on Rock (Adaptation of Urania Type) - Walters 2384 - View B

Greek - Seated Muse or Nymph on Rock (Adaptation of Urania Type) - Wal...

The Muses were the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (Memory) and were associated with various arts: Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Euterpe (flute-playing), Terpsichore (lyric poetry and dance), Era... More

Greek - Weary Herakles (Herakles Farnese) - Walters 541005 - Three Quarter

Greek - Weary Herakles (Herakles Farnese) - Walters 541005 - Three Qua...

Herakles was the most revered Greek hero, famous for his great strength. This small version of Lysippus' often copied sculpture of the hero departs from the usual representations. He is shown in a moment of pen... More

Minoan - Goddess or Priestess - Walters 711090

Minoan - Goddess or Priestess - Walters 711090

Despite the delicate nature of the precious gold and ivory materials, the stance of this small figurine conveys power and strength. It closely resembles ceramic statuettes identified as goddesses or priestesses... More

Roman - Head of a Goddess - Walters 23146 - Three Quarter Left

Roman - Head of a Goddess - Walters 23146 - Three Quarter Left

This head is a fragment of one of the finest existing replicas of Phidias' statue known as the "Hera Borghese." The preeminent sculptor of Athens in the High Classical period, Phidias was also the creator of th... More

Roman - Head of Eros - Walters 2325 - Three Quarter Right

Roman - Head of Eros - Walters 2325 - Three Quarter Right

The delicate modeling of this piece makes it one of the finest surviving copies of the Eros from the sanctuary at Thespiae by the celebrated master sculptor Lysippus. In that statue, Eros was shown stringing hi... More

Greek - Head of a Woman - Walters 23220

Greek - Head of a Woman - Walters 23220

In the first decades of the 4th century, artists further refined the representation of facial features: the eyes became more deeply set, the lower eyelid almost disappeared, and the lips and chin became more de... More

Greek - Papposilenos Playing the Double Flute - Walters 541076

Greek - Papposilenos Playing the Double Flute - Walters 541076

Papposilenus was an aged, semi-bestial companion of Dionysus. He is playing a double flute (restored). Both silens and satyrs were often depicted with this exotic instrument of Asian origin. According to Aristo... More

Roman - Head of the Doryphorus - Walters 23225 - Three Quarter Left

Roman - Head of the Doryphorus - Walters 23225 - Three Quarter Left

Polyclitus of Argos attempted to depict the High Classical ideal of human form in his famous "Doryphorus" (Spear-bearer) statue. In his treatise, entitled "Canon," he wrote of achieving this ideal through perfe... More

Greek - Aged Herakles - Walters 54764

Greek - Aged Herakles - Walters 54764

This bronze statuette depicts a heavy-set Herakles in a rare moment of quiet. His shoulders are covered with a lion skin that gathers in a generous fold behind his neck. The drooping lion skin is visual contras... More

Greek - Funerary Relief with Girl, Bird and Fan - Walters 2338

Greek - Funerary Relief with Girl, Bird and Fan - Walters 2338

This funerary relief is much work, and the bottom is broken.

Greek - Hellenistic Ruler - Walters 541045

Greek - Hellenistic Ruler - Walters 541045

This statue is characteristic of a portrait tradition of Alexander that was established during his life. The powerfully muscular physique with irregularly bulging contours suggests that the figure was created b... More

Greek - Herakles as a Child - Walters 541002 - Three Quarter

Greek - Herakles as a Child - Walters 541002 - Three Quarter

This small bronze statuette depicts a young boy holding a club, which he rests upon his shoulder. His nude body is somewhat chubby and has the proportions of a young child. His right hand is outstretched, and h... More

Greek - Hercules - Walters 2374 - Three Quarter

Greek - Hercules - Walters 2374 - Three Quarter

Anonymous (Roman). 'Hercules,' Roman copy: 1st century BC-AD 1st century; Greek original: 3rd century BC. marble. Walters Art Museum (23.74): Acquired by Henry Walters.

Greek - Venus Drying Her Hair - Walters 2383

Greek - Venus Drying Her Hair - Walters 2383

Marble is a difficult material for a statuette of a nude figure, as the limbs are apt to break. This figure is supported by a tree stump touching her leg. In the bronze original, Venus wrung out the long tresse... More

Greek - Aphrodite - Walters 2399

Greek - Aphrodite - Walters 2399

This semi-draped rendering of Aphrodite was once painted and may have been made for a domestic or garden setting. The elongated proportions, narrow torso, and high, close-set breasts are typical of the Hellenis... More

Greek - Standing Draped Maiden - Walters 48288

Greek - Standing Draped Maiden - Walters 48288

The willowy shape and the draping of the fabric on top of the maiden's high, "melon" hairstyle are typically South Italian. The statuette was originally brightly painted.

Roman - Head of Eros - Walters 2325

Roman - Head of Eros - Walters 2325

The delicate modeling of this piece makes it one of the finest surviving copies of the Eros from the sanctuary at Thespiae by the celebrated master sculptor Lysippus. In that statue, Eros was shown stringing hi... More

Greco-Roman - Woman's Head with Diadem - Walters 23241

Greco-Roman - Woman's Head with Diadem - Walters 23241

When this head was acquired by Henry Walters, it was incorrectly attached to the statue of a maiden. However, it actually belongs to an Archaistic statue. The tight curls over the forehead, the soft smile, and ... More

Greek - Fragment of a Grave Relief for the Daughter of Kleomachos - Walters 23174

Greek - Fragment of a Grave Relief for the Daughter of Kleomachos - Wa...

Originally, this scene depicted a man clasping the hand of a seated woman, whom the inscription identifies as ". . .te, daughter of Kleomachos and wife of Pheidippos." The maiden between them was either a daugh... More

Greek - Kouros - Walters 23279 - Public domain museum image. A statue of a female torso on a pedestal

Greek - Kouros - Walters 23279 - Public domain museum image. A statue ...

A large stone figure of a nude youth with its left foot forward, called a "Kouros" (plural "Kouroi"), was the most common male representation during the Archaic period. Usually, these statues have their hands b... More

Greek - One of Odysseus' Men Transformed Into a Pig - Walters 541483 - Profile

Greek - One of Odysseus' Men Transformed Into a Pig - Walters 541483 -...

This figure, part man and part pig, is one of Odysseus' companions, who were turned into swine by the sorceress Circe in the epic poem "The Odyssey." The shape of the plaques under the feet suggests that the cr... More

Greek - Standing Draped Maiden - Walters 48288 - Profile

Greek - Standing Draped Maiden - Walters 48288 - Profile

The willowy shape and the draping of the fabric on top of the maiden's high, "melon" hairstyle are typically South Italian. The statuette was originally brightly painted.

Greek - Statuette of a Boxer - Walters 541006 - Front A

Greek - Statuette of a Boxer - Walters 541006 - Front A

This exquisitely modeled boxer demonstrates the sculptor's ability to realistically render the athletic physique. The figure also reveals the level of excellence Hellenistic artists achieved in small-scale scul... More

Mycenaean - Female Figurine - Walters 481921

Mycenaean - Female Figurine - Walters 481921

This figurine is of the "Phi" type, named after the shape of the Greek letter it resembles. It probably represents a goddess, but may depict a worshipper. Curving painted lines lend the figure a graceful, anima... More

Roman - Young Athlete of Westmacott Type - Walters 2324 - Back

Roman - Young Athlete of Westmacott Type - Walters 2324 - Back

On better preserved copies of this figure, the athlete raises his right arm to place a wreath, perhaps a prize for an athletic victory, on his head. The statue may be based on the "Cyniscus" by Polyclitus, a wo... More

Egyptian - Child Boxer - Walters 541001 - Back

Egyptian - Child Boxer - Walters 541001 - Back

The muscularity of the boy's body suggests that he is the child Herakles who was taught boxing skills by Harpalykos of Phanote, the son of Hermes.

Greek - Aphrodite - Walters 54952 - Three Quarter Right

Greek - Aphrodite - Walters 54952 - Three Quarter Right

Venus (known to the Greeks as Aphrodite) may have originally been holding up a necklace. This type of ancient statuette with restrained body language inspired Renaissance pieces such as a northern Italian "Venu... More

Greek - Goat - Walters 541484 - Public domain museum image. A black and white photo of a statue of a goat

Greek - Goat - Walters 541484 - Public domain museum image. A black an...

Very fine incision on the beard. Public domain photograph of ancient Greek artifact, archaeological object, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description Public domain photograph of ancien... More

Greek - Grave Relief of a Woman Depicted as a Muse - Walters 23230

Greek - Grave Relief of a Woman Depicted as a Muse - Walters 23230

The relief was made near Smyrna (present-day Izmir, Turkey), on the west coast of Asia Minor, and portrays the deceased as a Muse, as indicated by her pose and dress. On other representations of this type, the ... More

Greek - Head of a Man - Walters 23239

Greek - Head of a Man - Walters 23239

This magnificent head belonged to a type of Athenian grave monument in which life-size images of family members were presented within a stage-like setting. The deep-set eyes, furrowed brow, open mouth, and tou... More

Greek - Head of a Woman with Cap - Walters 48333

Greek - Head of a Woman with Cap - Walters 48333

Anonymous (Greek). 'HEAD OF WOMAN WITH CAP,' . TERRA COTTA/PLASTER BASE. Walters Art Museum (48.333): Acquired before 1931.

Greek - Hercules - Walters 2374

Greek - Hercules - Walters 2374

Anonymous (Roman). 'Hercules,' Roman copy: 1st century BC-AD 1st century; Greek original: 3rd century BC. marble. Walters Art Museum (23.74): Acquired by Henry Walters.

Greek - Satyr with Child Dionysus - Walters 2369 - View D

Greek - Satyr with Child Dionysus - Walters 2369 - View D

The anatomical distortion, large eyes, full lips, and broad cheeks suggest that the statue was carved by Alexandrian craftsmen.

Greek - Satyr with Child Dionysus - Walters 2369 - View E

Greek - Satyr with Child Dionysus - Walters 2369 - View E

The anatomical distortion, large eyes, full lips, and broad cheeks suggest that the statue was carved by Alexandrian craftsmen.

Mycenaean - Female Figurine - Walters 481921 - Three Quarter Left

Mycenaean - Female Figurine - Walters 481921 - Three Quarter Left

This figurine is of the "Phi" type, named after the shape of the Greek letter it resembles. It probably represents a goddess, but may depict a worshipper. Curving painted lines lend the figure a graceful, anima... More

Greek - Decree Relief with Athena - Walters 23177

Greek - Decree Relief with Athena - Walters 23177

Athena rests her left arm on a pillar, over which is draped her "aegis" (a powerful and protective scaly animal skin) with a Gorgon head. Athena's pose exemplifies the grace associated with the Classical art o... More

Greek - Goat - Walters 541485 - Public domain museum image. A statue of a goat on a pedestal

Greek - Goat - Walters 541485 - Public domain museum image. A statue o...

Anonymous (Greek). 'Goat,' 5th century BC. bronze. Walters Art Museum (54.1485): Acquired by Henry Walters.

Greek - Head of a Girl of "Eubuleus" Type - Walters 23106

Greek - Head of a Girl of "Eubuleus" Type - Walters 23106

This head of a girl has a projection at the back, probably for attachment to a relief. There is a break across the face and head that has been repaired.

Greek - Head of a Goddess - Walters 23242

Greek - Head of a Goddess - Walters 23242

This mask-like head of a woman was made as a votive dedication for a sanctuary. The goddess represented is probably Persephone, also known as Kore. The almost exaggerated smile, the delicate modeling of the che... More

Greek - Nike - Walters 48295 - View B

Greek - Nike - Walters 48295 - View B

One of the most flourishing workshops for Hellenistic terracottas was located on the western coast of Asia Minor at Myrina. This elegant Nike is a good representation of this fabric. The complicated twisted pos... More

Greek - Seated Muse or Nymph on Rock (Adaptation of Urania Type) - Walters 2384 - View C

Greek - Seated Muse or Nymph on Rock (Adaptation of Urania Type) - Wal...

The Muses were the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (Memory) and were associated with various arts: Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Euterpe (flute-playing), Terpsichore (lyric poetry and dance), Era... More

Roman - Head of a Goddess - Walters 23146 - Back

Roman - Head of a Goddess - Walters 23146 - Back

This head is a fragment of one of the finest existing replicas of Phidias' statue known as the "Hera Borghese." The preeminent sculptor of Athens in the High Classical period, Phidias was also the creator of th... More

Roman - Replica of the Aphrodite of Cnidus - Walters 23217

Roman - Replica of the Aphrodite of Cnidus - Walters 23217

Late Hellenistic copies of the Aphrodite of Cnidus exhibit an increasing mastery of the nude female form and focus on female sensuality and sexuality. On her left thigh are the remains of the fingers of her rig... More

Egyptian - Seated Goddess Rayet-tawy (Rat-taoui) - Walters 2282

Egyptian - Seated Goddess Rayet-tawy (Rat-taoui) - Walters 2282

Walters 22.82 is a seated limestone statue of the goddess Rayet-tawy. She was a female form of the sun god and was also goddess of the Two Lands. There is some discoloration and pitting in the stone. There a... More

Greek - Athlete Discobolos - Walters 54699 - Three Quarter

Greek - Athlete Discobolos - Walters 54699 - Three Quarter

The pose and gesture of the athlete suggest that he is a discus thrower preparing for competition. The statuette's stance recalls Classical sculpture, while the long limbs, small head, and exaggerated breadth o... More

Greek - Head and Torso of a Figure, Possibly Herakles (?) - Walters 2370 - Three Quarter Left

Greek - Head and Torso of a Figure, Possibly Herakles (?) - Walters 23...

This fragment of a statuette has vertical and running drill in the beard. There is a break repaired across the neck and left shoulder.

Greek - Head Of Venus (?) - Walters 23122

Greek - Head Of Venus (?) - Walters 23122

Anonymous (Greek). 'Head Of Venus (?),' 4th-2nd century BC. marble. Walters Art Museum (23.122): Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925.

Greek - Statuette of a Boxer - Walters 541006 - Detail A

Greek - Statuette of a Boxer - Walters 541006 - Detail A

This exquisitely modeled boxer demonstrates the sculptor's ability to realistically render the athletic physique. The figure also reveals the level of excellence Hellenistic artists achieved in small-scale scul... More

Egyptian - Slave - Walters 542372 - Three Quarter View A

Egyptian - Slave - Walters 542372 - Three Quarter View A

Slaves, very common in Hellenistic society, were of all nationalities, even Greek. Nubians from the Sudan were brought by camel caravan up the Arabian coast. This figure's struggle, probably against the strain ... More

Greco-Roman - Woman's Head with Diadem - Walters 23241 - Back

Greco-Roman - Woman's Head with Diadem - Walters 23241 - Back

When this head was acquired by Henry Walters, it was incorrectly attached to the statue of a maiden. However, it actually belongs to an Archaistic statue. The tight curls over the forehead, the soft smile, and ... More

Greek - Aphrodite Drying Her Hair - Walters 54954 - Group

Greek - Aphrodite Drying Her Hair - Walters 54954 - Group

This statuette is based on a famous work that did not survive antiquity. The goddess rises from the sea as she is born from the froth of the water's surface and raises her arms to wring the water from her hair.... More

Greek - Eros with a Bow and Arrow - Walters 541180

Greek - Eros with a Bow and Arrow - Walters 541180

Eros, god of love and son of Aphrodite, was a popular subject for small bronze or silver statuettes. Eros spread his gift of love among mortals and the gods by means of his bow and arrows.

Greek - Geometric Statuette of a Bull - Walters 542379

Greek - Geometric Statuette of a Bull - Walters 542379

Animals were popular motifs in the Geometric period. Bull figurines were common votive offerings at Olympia.

Greek - Head of a Woman - Walters 48329

Greek - Head of a Woman - Walters 48329

Traces of white slip with a plaster base. Public domain photograph of ancient Greek artifact, archaeological object, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description Public domain photograph ... More

Greek - Head of a Woman with Long Curls - Walters 48325 - Group

Greek - Head of a Woman with Long Curls - Walters 48325 - Group

The oval face, full cheeks, and small mouth are characteristic of figurines from Tarentum (present-day Taranto, Italy), and the heavy outer lids of the eyes date this piece to the 3rd century BC.

Greek - Maiden from a Mirror Stand - Walters 54774 - Three Quarter Right

Greek - Maiden from a Mirror Stand - Walters 54774 - Three Quarter Rig...

This elegantly attired maiden originally served as the support for a mirror, much like the complete example nearby. Her poise and grace exemplify the refined and contemplative spirit of the Early Classical peri... More

Mycenaean - Female Figurine - Walters 481921 - Three Quarter Right

Mycenaean - Female Figurine - Walters 481921 - Three Quarter Right

This figurine is of the "Phi" type, named after the shape of the Greek letter it resembles. It probably represents a goddess, but may depict a worshipper. Curving painted lines lend the figure a graceful, anima... More

Roman - Head of Eros - Walters 2325 - Left

Roman - Head of Eros - Walters 2325 - Left

The delicate modeling of this piece makes it one of the finest surviving copies of the Eros from the sanctuary at Thespiae by the celebrated master sculptor Lysippus. In that statue, Eros was shown stringing hi... More

Roman - Head of Eros - Walters 2325 - Right

Roman - Head of Eros - Walters 2325 - Right

The delicate modeling of this piece makes it one of the finest surviving copies of the Eros from the sanctuary at Thespiae by the celebrated master sculptor Lysippus. In that statue, Eros was shown stringing hi... More

Greek - Athlete Discobolos - Walters 54699

Greek - Athlete Discobolos - Walters 54699

The pose and gesture of the athlete suggest that he is a discus thrower preparing for competition. The statuette's stance recalls Classical sculpture, while the long limbs, small head, and exaggerated breadth o... More

Greek - Crouching Women Playing Knucklebones - Walters 48303, 48304 - Group

Greek - Crouching Women Playing Knucklebones - Walters 48303, 48304 - ...

The maidens are playing an ancient form of jacks, known as "astragalus" (knucklebones), a game in which five small animal bones were tossed into the air and caught on the back of the hand. The grouping of separ... More

Greek - Griffin Attachment from a Cauldron - Walters 542950

Greek - Griffin Attachment from a Cauldron - Walters 542950

A "protome" is a decorative element representing the head and neck of a person or animal. This griffin's head, which with several others decorated a large bronze cauldron, is characteristic of the Orientalizin... More

Greek - Head of a Child with Floral Crown - Walters 48331

Greek - Head of a Child with Floral Crown - Walters 48331

Traces of white slip. Public domain photograph of ancient Greek artifact, archaeological object, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description Public domain photograph of ancient Greek art... More

Greek - Maiden from a Mirror Stand - Walters 54774

Greek - Maiden from a Mirror Stand - Walters 54774

This elegantly attired maiden originally served as the support for a mirror, much like the complete example nearby. Her poise and grace exemplify the refined and contemplative spirit of the Early Classical peri... More

Greek - Male Head of a Barbarian - Walters 48335

Greek - Male Head of a Barbarian - Walters 48335

Anonymous (Greek). 'MALE HEAD/BARBARIAN,' . TERRA COTTA/ PLASTER BASE. Walters Art Museum (48.335): DATTARI, 551? (CAT. 1912, P. 60).

Greek - Seated Muse or Nymph on Rock (Adaptation of Urania Type) - Walters 2384 - View A

Greek - Seated Muse or Nymph on Rock (Adaptation of Urania Type) - Wal...

The Muses were the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (Memory) and were associated with various arts: Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Euterpe (flute-playing), Terpsichore (lyric poetry and dance), Era... More

Greek - Woman "Peplophoros" - Walters 2387

Greek - Woman "Peplophoros" - Walters 2387

The sculpture is dated to the 1st century BC by its combination of Classical and earlier styles. The drapery folds are similar to those in works of the early 5th century, while the manner in which the garment ... More

Greek - Wrestlers - Walters 54742

Greek - Wrestlers - Walters 54742

The knotted hairstyle of the wrestlers indicates that they are professional competitors, participating in one of the most popular Greek athletic contests. Contestants were not permitted to strike blows, but wer... More

Italian - The Farnese Hercules - Walters 54727

Italian - The Farnese Hercules - Walters 54727

This statuette, depicting the demigod Hercules resting between his labors, is a reduction of a colossal marble statue (over 10 ft. high) executed by the sculptor Glykon in the early 3rd century. It, in turn, wa... More

Mycenaean - Female Figurine - Walters 481921 - Left Side

Mycenaean - Female Figurine - Walters 481921 - Left Side

This figurine is of the "Phi" type, named after the shape of the Greek letter it resembles. It probably represents a goddess, but may depict a worshipper. Curving painted lines lend the figure a graceful, anima... More

Roman - Half-Draped Aphrodite - Walters 2386

Roman - Half-Draped Aphrodite - Walters 2386

In this version of the nude Aphrodite, the goddess draws her garment around her. Her pose and the demure gesture of her hand closely follow the famous statue of the Aphrodite of Cnidus by Praxiteles.

Roman - Head of Eros - Walters 2325 - Back

Roman - Head of Eros - Walters 2325 - Back

The delicate modeling of this piece makes it one of the finest surviving copies of the Eros from the sanctuary at Thespiae by the celebrated master sculptor Lysippus. In that statue, Eros was shown stringing hi... More

Roman - Head of the Doryphorus - Walters 23225

Roman - Head of the Doryphorus - Walters 23225

Polyclitus of Argos attempted to depict the High Classical ideal of human form in his famous "Doryphorus" (Spear-bearer) statue. In his treatise, entitled "Canon," he wrote of achieving this ideal through perfe... More

Roman - Satyr Pouring Wine - Walters 2322

Roman - Satyr Pouring Wine - Walters 2322

The satyr exemplifies the carefree world of Dionysus, god of wine. The original statue, now lost, was by the celebrated artist Praxiteles. The goat-eared satyr pours from a jug that was held in his upraised rig... More

Greco-Roman - Woman's Head with Diadem - Walters 23241 (2)

Greco-Roman - Woman's Head with Diadem - Walters 23241 (2)

When this head was acquired by Henry Walters, it was incorrectly attached to the statue of a maiden. However, it actually belongs to an Archaistic statue. The tight curls over the forehead, the soft smile, and ... More

Greek - Decoration from a Bed - Walters 71616

Greek - Decoration from a Bed - Walters 71616

The silen is recognized by his bald head, fleshy nose, and pointed ear. The piece ornamented the armrest of a bed. Beds grew in popularity during Hellenistic times and were often decorated with ivory, which was... More

Greek - Draped Boy Leaning on Pillar - Walters 48298

Greek - Draped Boy Leaning on Pillar - Walters 48298

The bag probably held "astragali," or knucklebones of an animal, which were used in an ancient form of the game jacks. There is a sense of charm and sweetness in the way the artist has depicted the boy.

Greek - Eros as the Child Herakles - Walters 7118

Greek - Eros as the Child Herakles - Walters 7118

Eros, shown without wings, is masquerading as the child Herakles. The lion's skin is slung over his left shoulder and reappears beside his right thigh. He steadies an amphora over his left shoulder, one hand on... More

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