Man in a cloak
Unknown artist, Greek
Man in a cloak, 520 - 500 BCE
10.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm (4 1/8 x 1 3/8 x 1 inches) (width at elbows)
Gift of Mrs. Gustav Radeke 20.056
While this piece is said to have been found at Messenia, the figure of a man in a cloak is the product of a workshop in the Peloponnesian region of Arcadia and was probably a votive offering to a god. His conical hat, plain cloak, and laced boots are consistent with the rustic winter dress of a herdsman, which may indicate that the dedicator himself was a herdsman and a devotee of Pan, the god of herds. Rather than a personalized portrait of the dedicator, this figurine is most likely a stock type, representing either Pan or a stereotypical herdsman. Comparable bronze statuettes from Arcadia are known from Greece and Etruscan Italy. A very similar figurine in the National Museum at Athens may be the work of the same workshop or even the same artist.