Bronze Statues

The Antikythera Shipwreck yielded fabulous life-sized bronze statues, several dating from the Hellenistic period. All of the statues came to the surface in pieces; some were more complete than others. Did the ancient supercargo responsible for loading the ship take only complete statues, or did he also collect fragments? If only complete statues were loaded in the first century B.C., what happened to the rest of the statues that now only present tantalizing feet, arms, swords, and crests? Might the missing portions still rest in the sediments of the Antikythera Shipwreck? We hope to solve this riddle during the 2014 field season.


13400 15110 15114 18961 bronze_swordbronze arm  bronze_boxer_arm 15092


All images are courtesy of the National Archaeological Museum, Athens (K. Xenikakis).
Copyright Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports/Archaeological Receipts Fund.