This fragmentary torso is believed to be part of The Diadumenos. Together with the Doryphoros (spear bearer), The Diadumenos is considered the most famous figural type of the sculptor Polyclitus, forming a basic pattern of Ancient Greek sculpture that all present strictly idealised representations of young male athletes in a convincingly naturalistic manner.
The Diadumenos is the winner of an athletic contest at a games, still nude after the contest and lifting his arms to knot the diadem, a ribbon-band that identifies the winner and which in the bronze original of about 420 BCE would have been represented by a ribbon of bronze. The figure stands in contrapposto with his weight on his right foot, his left knee slightly bent and his head inclined slightly to the right, self-contained, seeming to be lost in thought. Phidias was credited with a statue of a victor at Olympiain the act of tying the fillet around his head; besides Polyclitus, his successors Lysippos and Scopas also created figures of this kind.
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