Ancient Greek Bronze Figure of Hephaistos - 400 BC

An ancient Greek bronze figure of Hephaistos, god of fire, dating to the 5th - 3rd Century BC.

Hephaistos is shown seated, nude apart from a pointed craftsman's cap on his head. He rests with his weight on his left foot, his left arm extended to the front and once holding a pair of tongs; presumably in turn holding a piece of red hot metal, which the god is about to strike with a hammer in his raised right hand.

Though a small scale work and now missing his attributes, the artist has captured the subject with great sensitivity. The composition is beautifully executed and the piece is pleasing from all angles. Graeco-Roman depictions of Hephaistos, or Vulcan (as he was known to the Romans), are rare. For this pose, compare a Fresco from Pompeii currently housed at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, no. 9531.

Ancient Greek Bronze Figure of Hephaistos - 400 BC. An ancient Greek bronze figure of Hephaistos, god of fire, dating to the 5th - 3rd Century BC. Hephaistos is shown seated, nude apart from a pointed craftsman's cap on his head. He rests with his weight on his left foot, his left arm extended to the front and once holding a pair of tongs; presumably in turn holding a piece of red hot metal, which the god is about to strike with a hammer in his raised right hand. Though a small scale work and now missing his attributes, the artist has captured the subject with great sensitivity. The composition is beautifully executed and the piece is pleasing from all angles. Graeco-Roman depictions of Hephaistos, or Vulcan (as he was known to the Romans), are rare. For this pose, compare a Fresco from Pompeii currently housed at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, no. 9531.

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