Philosopher of Antikythera
This head and other parts of a cast bronze statue representing a philosopher, a true masterpiece of Hellenistic art, were discovered in a 1st century BC shipwreck. The sandaled feet, hands, and parts of his garment are preserved. This standing philosopher wears a long himation and holds a staff in his left hand, while extending his right hand. His head is rendered with realism and individuality. He has tousled hair and a thick beard, and his inset eyes set off the wrinkled face and half-open lips, adding life to an already expressive face. The statue is believed to represent a Cynical philosopher, possibly Bion the Borysthenite, who settled in Athens. It probably stood in a public place, such as a forum or a gymnasium.