Lower legs and feet have been restored with casts taken from copies in Berlin and Copenhagen. Most of right arm, lower part of pillar, and plinth are eighteenth-century marble restorations.
In Greek art, the Amazons, a mythical race of warrior women from Asia Minor, were often depicted battling such heroes as Herakles, Achilles, and Theseus. This statue represents a refugee from battle who has lost her weapons and bleeds from a wound under her right breast. Her chiton is unfastened at one shoulder and belted at the waist with a makeshift bit of bridle from her horse. Despite her plight, her face shows no sign of pain or fatigue. She leans lightly on a pillar at her left and rests her right arm gracefully on her head in a gesture often used to denote sleep or death. Such emotional restraint was characteristic of classical art of the second half of the fifth century B.C. The original statue probably stood in the precinct of the great temple of Artemis at Ephesos, on the coast of Asia Minor, where the Amazons had legendary and cultic connections with the goddess. The Roman writer Pliny the Elder described a competition held in the mid-fifth century B.C. between five famous sculptors, including Phidias, Polykleitos, and Kresilas, who were to make a statue of an Amazon for the temple. This type of statue is generally associated with that contest.
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Title:Marble statue of a wounded Amazon
Date:1st–2nd century CE
Dimensions:H. 203.84 cm (80 1/4 in.)
Credit Line:Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1932
From after 1700, in the Borghese Collection, Villa Borghese, Rome; in or before 1774, acquired by William Petty-Fitzmaurice, Lord Shelburne, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne, from Robert and James Adam; from the 1770s and until 1930, collection of Lord Shelburne, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne and descendants, Lansdowne House, London, England; [1930, acquired by Joseph Brummer, purchased through Christie’s London at the Lansdowne Sale]; [1930-1932, with Joseph Brummer, New York]; acquired in 1932, gift of John D. Rockefeller.
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