THE CALF BEARER
The statue depicts a bearded man, carrying a calf on his shoulders. The animal is a votive gift offered to the deity — just like the statue itself. According to the inscription on its base, it was “offered by Rhombos, the son of Palos” from Athens. He has pearl-like, long locks, the face shows the typical archaic smile. The man is strong, the abdominal muscles are well-defined. He is clad in a single mantle open at the front and worn close to the body. It is one of the masterpieces of sixth-century Athenian sculpture.