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
Bundled in a thick cloak against the winter cold, this bronze statuette depicting an Arcadian shepherd sports a beard, laced boots, and a conical hat called a pilos. A votive offering to a god, it was most likely left at a local sanctuary in Arcadia, a region of Greece known for its shepherds. Which god it was meant for is uncertain, since Hermes, Pan, and Apollo all had some role in protecting shepherds and their flocks. Pan, who was also known as the chief god of Arcadia, seems the most likely inspiration in this case.
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsClassical Bronzes
Contributions byMitten, David Gordon
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design., 1975
TypeMonographs and CollectionsA Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Edited ByWoodward, Carla M., and Franklin W. Robinson, eds.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988
TypeMonographs and Collections