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Oil Pourer

The Oil Pourer is a lost Greek bronze of an athlete variously associated with the circle of Lysippos, c. 340-330 BCE, of which Roman marble copies exist, notably in the Glyptothek, Munich (illustration)[1] and in the Albertinum, Dresden.[2] Another well-known Roman replica is conserved at Petworth House.[3] There is a head of this type at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.[4] The Oil Pourer is similar in proportions and manner to the Lysippean Agias of which there is a Roman marble copy at Delphi.[5]

The athlete is represented pouring oil from a flask held high in his (missing) right hand into the (missing) palm of his left. The theme is represented on Attic vase-painting[6] and in freely reinterpreted cast terracotta miniatures.[7]

The Munich sculpture was treated in the 19th century with acid to clean it, which has dissolved about 2mm off its surfaces.

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