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Amazon Mattei



Origin and place of discovery

The Mattei-Amazonn statue is the best-preserved marble copy of a lost bronze original by Phidias, which was created around 430 BC. The Roman marble statue, made at the time of Emperor Augustus, is 211 centimetres high and was discovered in 1770. The Mattei-Amazon is named after the family that once owned it. It is now on display in the Pio Clementino Museum of the Vatican Museums. Another example of this type can be found in the Capitoline Museum.

Who is Amazon Mattei?

The Amazonn were warrior women who lived in Anatolia around 2,000 BC. They are said to be the daughters of Ares, the god of war, and Harmonia. The Amazonn are deeply rooted in Greek history and myth. Homer’s Iliad from the 8th century BC already describes events that took place before the Trojan War and in which Amazonn made an appearance. The Greek hero Bellerophon fought against the Amazons during his stay in Lycia. Priam, the king of Troy, fought in his youth on the side of the Phrygians when they were attacked by Amazonn.


Historical significance, details

A number of Roman marble copies of the Greek bronze originals from the Amazonn have been found. These can be categorised stylistically into five types: Lansdowne type, Capitoline type, Mattei type, Villa Doria Pamphilj type and Ephesus type. Pliny the Elder records five bronze statues of Amazonn in the Artemision of Ephesus. He explains the existence of such a quantity of sculptures on the same theme in the same place by citing a competition from the
5th century BC between the artists Polyclitus, Phidias, Kresilas, “Kydon” and Phradmon. The winner of the competition was the version by Polykleitos. Phidias came second with the statue known today as Amazon Mattei.


Antique statue, cast bronze in museum quality

The sculpture is produced as a bronze casting using the traditional lost wax technique. The negative mould required for this is based on a plaster cast of the original in the Pio Clementino Museum in the Vatican Museums.


Cast marble & marble sculpture from the sculptor

In addition to classic bronze casting, we also offer two other moulds for the statues shown here. Marble casting from powdered genuine white marble. And the new moulding of the statue by sculptors from a single block of white marble. If you are interested in such a mould, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to receiving your e-mail or phone call.


Patinating the statue

Patination marks the final step in the finishing process of a bronze statue. The patina simulates the natural oxidation process that causes the bronze to weather differently over time, depending on the environmental influences on the copper alloy. We have various patina recipes in our repertoire, including one that corresponds well to the patina of preserved antique bronze statues. We will be happy to provide you with samples of suitable patinas in advance.


Individualisation of the statue

Each statue cast by us is engraved in the base with a serial number, date of manufacture and our company logo. The base is also engraved with your name, a lettering, the occasion of production, your own company logo or additional engraving as required.


Your very personal legacy

Our life-size cast bronze replicas are therefore not only artistic replicas, but also timeless reminders that will preserve your legacy for generations to come. By engraving your name, the date and the occasion on the base, this statue becomes an everlasting symbol of your most personal life achievement, your significance in this world and your work there.


Memory cast in bronze in the radiant light of antiquity

Ancient Greek bronze statues and their masterfully crafted Roman marble replicas were the sensual and visual mirror of these two advanced civilisations for over a millennium. After their rediscovery during the Renaissance, these statues once again became world-famous and symbolised the emergence of modernity. The statue made for you and with your name as the donor will forever be a reminder of your personality and achievements in the ancient traditions of Delphi and Rome.


Locations for the installation of ancient statues & list of parks with ancient sculptures

Antique statues are hardly available in the original. Since their rediscovery in the Renaissance, expensive replicas have been made for castles, their parks and also for the mansions of the wealthy bourgeoisie. During this period, a canon for the installation and placement of these works of art was created that developed into the modern era. Here you will find an overview of particularly beautiful locations for antique statues. We also offer you an overview of some publicly accessible gardens and parks, each of which has an impressive collection of ancient sculptures. With specific details of which statues can be seen where. Go travelling, let yourself be inspired!


Product details

Amazon Mattei
Item No.S09
MaterialBronze cast
dimension (height x width x depth)211 cm x 76 cm x 87,5 cm
What you receiveSingle piece, Bronze cast. The exact design details, measurements and weight as well as the structure and colour of the Bronze cast may vary.
DeliveryDelivered using our own van
Delivery ChargeFree delivery in England and Wales (except islands) and to a few EU countries. Click here for details.
Price incl. VAT£33,800.00