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Riace Bronze Statue A Head
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View of the head of Riace Statue A. This appears to be the "younger-looking" of the two statues.  Calcite was used to make their eyes while their nipples, eyelashes and open lips were made using copper.  The teeth of Statue A are made out of a single strip of silver.


The "Riace Bronze" statues were found in the sea near Riace, Italy in 1972.  Both statues are about 6 ft 6 in tall and they stand in a contrapposto pose.

It seems that the statues were cast in the middle of the fifth century B.C.  It is not certain who the sculptor(s) was/were.  It seems that the bronze material is from Agros or Attica in Greece.  Possibly they were on a ship that foundered off the coast of Riace that was carrying these statues to Rome (as plunder?)—but no shipwreck has been found in the vicinity.

They are now displayed in a climate-controlled room of the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia in Reggio di Calabria.