Statue of a man

Inv. Scu 1092

According to several scholars, the statue depicting a nude young man represents the spirit of death (Thanatos) holding an upside down torch in his right hand, while according to others the object was a plectrum for playing a lyre given that it ends in the shape of a knob. However, this may also suit a torch.

The statue was made according to the type identified by scholars as Centocelle Eros .

The head is turned downwards towards the right, framed by thick long curls that fall on the shoulders and are tied in a knot on the forehead. The facial expression is absorbed and concentrated.

He is standing on his left leg, while the right is bent, slightly pulled backwards and resting on the ground with the front part of the same foot.

In an early restoration, the statue was integrated with the right hand, left arm and the lyre, later removed.

It is an Antonine (138-200 AD) copy of a 4th century BC original.

The work was probably found in Rome.