Bronze man and centaur


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151

Colorful inlays once filled the eyes of this bronze man and centaur locked in combat. Scientific analysis has revealed that the man’s eyes were made of silver and the centaur’s, still intact, of dark iron or iron-oxide minerals. The contrast between the two would have been striking. The technique of inlaying various materials to enhance metal sculpture appears very early in Greek art, with special attention given to the eyes.

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Bronze man and centaur, Bronze, Greek

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