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The Apotheosis of Homer

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  • Title (object)

    • The Apotheosis of Homer
  • Description

    Marble relief: the Apotheosis of Homer with Zeus, Apollo and the Muses. The poet is crowned by Time and the World, and acclaimed by other personifications. It is signed by the sculptor Archelaos of Priene.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 225BC-205BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 1.21 metres (about)
    • Width: 0.76 metres (about)
  • Inscriptions

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  • Curator's comments

    Dated to the reign of Ptolemy Philopator, 221-205BC.

    Pollitt, J.J. 1986,, Art in the Hellenistic Age (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), pg. 16.

  • Bibliography

    • Inscription 1098 bibliographic details
    • Sculpture 2191 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 1990, 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.121 1991, 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.121 1991, 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.121
    2016, 11 Apr-17 Jul, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pergamon and the Art of the Hellenistic Kingdoms

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  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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