the original bronze, of which this is an exact copy, was found in the sea near marathon in 1925. it stands in the national museum, athens, and is a greek statue of the 4th century b.c. (classical period). when found, the statue was in near perfect condition- even the limestone and glass eyes were intact. the beautiful curves of the statue, its graceful pose and charming simplicity all make it as being the work of the great praxiteles or one of his pupils.

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