Statue of Apollo



Under life-size statue of Apollo, leaning against a tripod with a snake. The god has a hipshot pose with the weight on the straight right leg. The torso is mainly the ancient piece, the ancient arms, do not survive but it is very likely that the god raised his right arm and lowered the left. The left may have rested on a large object that was doweled into place at the left hip. The youth and appearance of the god suggest he is either Apollo or Dionysus. The strap across the torso may had been for a quiver or a cithara, both attributes of Apollo. He slightly leans in his pose. A missing dowel suggests that there was a musical instrument attached to the left arm as an accessory. The presence of a tripod with a snake entwined in its legs and a vessel in the right hand suggest a mysticism, relevant to the god Apollo. There are restorations from different marble especially in the head and the neck, the arms below the shoulder, the right knee, the left lower calf, the tripod which has been executed in two parts, the basin and the stand. The strut also serves to attach the tripod to the left leg and another joins at the calves, a dowel hole below the left hip was possibly used to attach his cithara. Blundell mentioned a vessel in the right hand but today it grasps a baton. There is erosion in numerous surfaces such as the ends of the hair, the nipples, the patches of the right shoulder and quiver. The modern plinth is also in pieces.