Bronze Casting of Hellenistic Sculpture "The Dying Gaul" c.1920
This is an Italian bronze lost-wax casting replica of "The Dying Gaul", a wounded soldier lying on the ground in a pose expressing the moment before death. The piece has retained its original bronze finish and is in excellent condition with appropriate patina for its age.
- CREATOR Unknown, Italy.
- DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1920-1940
- MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Lost-wax casting, bronze.
- CONDITION Excellent. Wear consistent with age and use.
- DIMENSIONS H 5 in. x W 8.25 in. x D 4 in.
The Dying Gaul, also called The Dying Galatian or The Dying Gladiator, is an Ancient Roman marble copy of a lost Hellenistic sculpture, thought to have been originally executed in bronze. The original may have been commissioned some time between 230 and 220 BC by Attalus of Pergamon to celebrate his victory over the Galatians, the Celtic or Gaulish people of parts of Anatolia (Turkey).
The identity of the sculptor of the original is unknown, but it has been suggested that Epigonus, a court sculptor in Attalus' time may have been the creator.