Torso of Apollo

Torso of Apollo

c. 100-200

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Marble

Overall: 90 cm (35 7/16 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1924.1017

Description

This ancient statue depicts the mythical god Apollo, identified by the fragmented remains of his kithara, a stringed instrument used by poets and musicians in ancient Greece. The kithara decorated with griffins and the swan it rests upon signify Apollo’s role as the god of music and leader of the Muses. Beloved by the Muses for their song, swans were considered sacred to Apollo because he gave them the gift of prophecy. Swans sing a glorious song before they die, knowing they will soon return to Apollo to be reborn.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Roman
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Marble
Credit line: 
Gift of J. H. Wade

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