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ARTEMIS GALLERY Lifesize+ Ancient Greek Bronze Sandaled Foot

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Seller: artemisgallery (669) 100%, Location: Louisville, CO, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381698871660 Lifesize+ Ancient Greek Bronze Sandaled Foot Greece, probably Hellenstic period, ca. 323 to 31 BCE. This is a larger-than-life-sized foot from a statue, complete with the lead weights inside its hollow feet, using for stabilization of the statue atop a plinth. The sandal has incredible detail, with each strap delineated; the shape of the ankle is also a fine, realistic touch. Since it is a fragment, this piece also offers us a fantastic look at the art of creating these immense bronze statues. It was made using the indirect method of lost-wax casting. First, the artist created a master mold from either clay, wax, wood, or, occasionally, stone. Molds were taken in several pieces from this master and dried, then reassembled into groups in a manageable size. These were lined with a layer of beeswax. This foot is built around an iron armature (which you can just see as you look down at the ankle); this was placed into the mold and clay (which you can also see) was poured around it. The clay would be build up in two or three fine-to-coarser layers. Eventually the mold would be broken away from the bronze and discarded, with the master mold remaining for use if something went wrong with the bronze casting. The addition of the lead weights represented a revolution in design when it was introduced during the Classical Period: they enabled the creation of new, less rigid poses because the statue no longer would fall over unless posed in a way that balanced its weight. In the Hellenistic Period, bronze sculpture moved away from austere religious depictions into more realistic, human pieces. Although today all these bronze statues have their dark green, almost black patina, when they were made they would have had a tone roughly similar to that of Mediterranean skin; they were also decorated with inlays, and this foot probably once had inlaid toenails. Size: 12.5" L x 4" W x 10" H (31.8 cm x 10.2 cm x 25.4 cm) #112801 Condition: This piece is a fragment; the foot has obviously been removed from a statue. Much of the fine detail of the sandal -- especially the straps -- remain. Provenance: Ex- Private New Jersey collection acquired before 1990 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. All items come with a Certificate of Authenticity

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