Dating bronze statues

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Damage to Greek Statues Given the abundance of surviving monuments and a mass of textual information, archeologists of Greek sculpture would appear to be in a strong position.But much more than this is required if we are to obtain a complete and reliable picture.

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Chronologically, surviving works of Greek sculpture cover a good thousand years, without a break - from Archaic times to the Imperial period - and geographically extend from the Italian colonies to Asia Minor.

It is sculpture that is currently held to be the most representative and indeed the most excellent of the arts of ancient Greece.

And it is an art with which we have the good fortune to be particularly well acquainted.

To this abundance of statues, statuettes and relief sculpture must be added written sources of two kinds.

First, inscriptions on the works themselves: during the Archaic period, these were commonly engraved on the statue itself, in particular on the thigh, but are more usually found on the pedestal; this eventually became the established custom.

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