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Hellenistic Bronze figure of a dancing Nubian youth
2nd –1st century BC.
Height: 9.3 cm. (3 3/8 in.)
Missing toes of right foot, and inlaid eyes, otherwise perfect. Very fine bluish green patina.

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The Nubian naked youth in a contraposto dancing posture.
The head with massive curly hair, with finely molded face, with the Nubian features, including short wide nose and full wide lips. The boy with right arm raised and left leg raised to play a cymbal, attached to the foot. Both face and body are with great expression of the joy of the dance and music experience.

For a Nubian youth:
Stewart, A., 1990, Fig 646, 649 (the black Orpheus).
Sotheby’s - Schimmel Collection, 1992, Lot #63.
Vermeule, C. C., The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1981, fig. 113.
Picon, C.A., et al. eds., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007, fig. 245.
Kozloff, A. P., and Mitten, D. G., The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1988, Cat. No. 20, pp. 128-131

For the dancing posture:
“The invitation to dance”, Cf. Stewart, A., 1990, Fig, 723-724.



Stewart, A., Greek Sculpture. An Exploration, II ( plates ), Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1990

Sotheby’s - Schimmel Collection, 1992
Sotheby’s, Important Antiquities from the Norbert Schimmel collection, Sotheby’s Inc., New York, 1992

Vermeule, C. C., Greek and Roman Sculpture in America, The J. Paul Getty Museum, University of California Press, 1981

Picon, C.A., Joan R. Mertens, Elizabeth J. Milleker, Christopher S. Lightfoot, Sean Hemingway eds., Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007,

Kozloff, A. P., and Mitten, D. G., 1988
Kozloff, A. P., and Mitten, D. G., The Gods Delight. The Human Figure in Classical Bronze, Exh. cat., The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1988


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