Roman Marble Torso of Apollo
An ancient Roman marble torso of Apollo, a fragment of a table leg or trapezophoros. The god stands with his weight on his left leg, nude, but for his chlamys over his left shoulder. A partial inscription on the rear support, "N E..."
Ca. 1st - 2nd century AD.
Apollo was one of the most important Olympian gods in the Classical pantheon. His spheres of influence included music, prophecy, poetry, and light. He was both harbinger and curer of disease. He was the father of the god of medicine, Asclepius, and the brother of the virgin huntress Artemis. The god Hermes created the lyre for Apollo, and the instrument was his most common attribute. Hymns sung to Apollo were called paeans.
Formerly in a Tucson, Arizona private collection, said to have been acquired in Rome in the 1950s.