Genre & Material
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We see the head of Pericles with a Corinthian helmet. He was the statesman and leader of the military from Athens and was the ideal image of a war strategist. The marble bust was created as a copy from the original bronze statue, created by the Greek sculptor Kresilas. Four marble copies exist from the Roman imperial period. His hair under his helmet and his beard are magnificently curly. One can even see his hair through the eye slit in the helmet. Apparently Pericles had a long head shape. The attributed helmet should possibly conceal this abnormality. Detail on the base of the statue suggest that Pericles was probably standing with a spear in his left hand and was standing on one leg, with the other being free. The slightly slanted head also suggests this. It is not clear whether Pericles is in his military uniform or if he is naked.
The original bronze statue from Kresilas used to be in the entrance hall of the Acropolis in Athens.
ART@Berlin: Bust of Pericles