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A Bronze Statue From Vani, Georgia

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A fragmentary Hellenistic bronze statue of a youth was discovered in 1988 during excavations at Vani in Western Georgia. The figure shows some resemblance to the Severe Style statue known as the Kritian Boy, although not enough of it survives to identify its purely Hellenistic features. Exact dating can only follow the identification of its original site, but the stratigraphical context would suggest that a date either from the second half of the 3rd c.-beginning of the 2nd c. B.C., or in the second half of (or even the end of) the 2nd c. B.C. Analysis shows that the statue was cast using the lost wax process from a clay core in bronze of 88% copper, 10% tin and ca. 1.5% lead. Further finds at the site of bronze scrap and casting rejects and near Vani of a casting pit show that it was cast and finished in Vani. The statue is on display at the State Archaeological Museum in Vani.


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