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Hellenistic Prince



Origin and location of the original statue – template for the bronze casting

The Hellenistic Prince is an ancient Greek bronze statue in an excellent state of preservation. It was found in 1885 near the Baths of Constantine in Rome. Its origin is estimated to date back to the second century BC. The creator of the sculpture is unknown. The original, measuring 204 centimetres in height (foot to head), can be found in the Museo Nazionale Romano in Rome. In its final appearance, the statue measures a total height of 253 cm (including the length of the spear).

The Hellenistic-style statue, which serves as the original model for the bronze casting, depicts a naked, muscular man leaning on a spear in a heroic pose. The right hand of his arm, which is brought behind his body, rests on his gluteus. His weight rests on his right leg. This type of statue thus harks back to older models from the 5th century BC. The head shows a detailed, lush, curly head of hair, while the short, somewhat unkempt full beard, which reaches down to the neck and was subsequently chiselled, is striking. The structure of the forehead, deep-set eyes and the reproduction of crow’s feet and bags under the eyes are traditional methods of characterising an adult male. Like the original, the replica bronze cast sculpture of the Hellenistic Prince measures 253 centimetres in height.


Who is the Hellenistic Prince?

This exciting question is still being discussed today. Among other things, it is being debated here:


One of the rulers of Pergamon

Several rulers from the Attalid dynasty could be considered here. The unusual facial moulding in particular corresponds to images of some Attalids.


Quintus Caecilius Metellus Macedonicus – A Roman general

A Hellenistic-style statue in honour of the Roman general Quintus Caecilius Metellus Macedonicus.


Polydeukos – A hero of Greek mythology

Polydeukos, one of the two Dioscuri, defeated the Bebrykian king Amykos in a fistfight on his voyage with the Argo to Colchis. This would place the statue in direct relation to the so-called Boxer at Rest, a statue that was found at the same time and in the same place and could represent Amykos.


Historical significance

The Hellenistic Prince is one of only nine large Greek bronzes preserved in the original. This gives it elementary, unique significance. In this bronze statue, we see the radiant light of ancient Greece, unmediated, unadulterated and with great emotional impact. The other eight original Greek bronze statues are the Charioteer of Delphi, the Boxer at Rest, the Artemision Bronze, the Jockey of Artemision, the Riace Bronze A and Riace Bronze B, the Marathon Boy and the Croatian Apoxyomenos. Other Greek masterpieces are either not known to us at all or only through the mirror of their Roman marble copies.


How is the replica sculpture of the Hellenistic Prince made?

The replica of the ancient Hellenistic Prince 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 made of the original sculpture in Rome in 1899. The finished bronze sculpture is of museum quality. After casting, the fine beard fuzz of the Hellenistic Prince is elaborately chiselled by hand using chisel irons, chisels, files, scrapers and grinding and polishing tools – an art in itself.


Buy Hellenistic Prince sculpture in cast marble or as a marble sculpture from a sculptor

In addition to the classic bronze casting, we also offer two other moulds for the Hellenistic Prince statue shown here. The 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 replica Hellenistic Prince 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 the patina in question in advance when you place an order in our online shop.


Customisation of the purchased Hellenistic Prince statue

Every Hellenistic Prince 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, lettering, the occasion of manufacture, your own company logo or additional engraving as required.

Your very personal legacy a life-size Hellenistic Prince replica sculpture

Our life-size cast bronze replicas, cast marble sculptures or sculptures are not only artistic replicas, but also timeless memories 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.


Buy memories 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 Hellenistic Prince 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 such as the Hellenistic Prince 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, be inspired and buy your Hellenistic Prince sculpture as a replica in our online shop. This appears just as convincingly as a bronze casting as it does as a marble casting or as a marble sculpture.

Product details

Hellenistic Prince
Item No.S01
Materialbronze cast
dimension (height x width x depth)253 cm x 87 cm x 78 cm, Height with spear 253 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