Portrait head of a bronze statue of a philosopher from the Antikythera shipwreck, south of Peloponnese
ca. 240 BC.
Found, together with parts of himation, arms and legs of the same bronze statue, and also together with many other sculptures of different eras, during 1901-1902, in an ancient shipwreck on the sea floor off Antikythera, south of Peloponnese. On the head are recognized individual features. The statue depicted a Cynic philosopher, probably Bion the Borysthenite. The hair and the beard are worked in unkempt, tousled locks. The inlaid white irises of his eyes lend an expressive vitality. The philosopher was depicted standing, wearing a long himation. He held a staff in his left hand and his right arm bent at the elbow was extended in a gesture characteristic of people delivering a speech. On the feet he wore thick-soled sandals with crossed thongs.
Height 0,29 m.