Dying Gaul Statue
by Epigonus (223 BCE) Capitoline Museum, Rome
This classic statue is a Roman copy of one of the Hellenistic bronze figures erected at Pergamon by King Attalos 1st (241-197 BCE) commemorating his victories over the Gauls. Despite celebrating triumph, the dignified pathos of the defeated "barbarians" is preserved.
The Dying Gaul Statue was formerly called a gladiator; but with his moustache and neck torque he is clearly what the Roman historian Diodorus called a "shaggy haired gaul". The sculptures fame was boosted by the restoration of the right arm, by Michelangelo. With classic details revealing the Greeks' admiration for strength and bravery, this museum-quality replica is captured in bonded natural marble and sculpted to be admired from any angle as a fine gallery work.
13"W x 5-1/2"D x 7"H. 7 lbs.