YOUNG CENTAUR

Dimensions
240 x 135 cm
Date
early 20th century
Period
Material
Inscription
Production place
Inventory
Ag.280
ID
Hyp-6398
References
Hekler, Gipszgyűjtemény, no. 351

The half-horse, half-human centaur is naked. The hide of an animal hangs on his arm, there is a shepherd’s staff (pedum) in his left hand — the attributes of a world beyond civilization. The pine branch and syrinx carved on the support of the original statue (not represented in the cast) can also be interpreted this way. The face of the centaur reflects vivacious joy — this is his home. According to the Greek inscription on the base, the statue from the second century AD was sculpted by Aristeias and Papias. Both were active in a workshop in Aphrodisias in Asia Minor. From the end of the first century BC Aphrodisias was one of the most significant sculptural centres of the Roman Empire.