Zeus and the Giants Fragment (Reduction and Restoration) - Item #532
Each piece is custom finished. Depending on a sculpture’s texture and level of detail, the look of a patina can vary. A slight variation in color from order-to-order is to be expected.
Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
9.5 Inches High x 6.75 Inches Wide x 2 Inches Deep
This depiction of Zeus is from a larger fragment replication (Item #12). The replication was restored by P.P. Caproni and Brother to match the original design of the frieze from the Altar of Zeus. It depicts mighty Zeus, king of the Gods, fighting the Giants. Zeus is seen hurling a thunderbolt at a serpent-legged Porphyrion (far right) while two other giants are falling to the ground upon being struck by Zeus. Zeus's mighty eagle is seen at his left hand. The sculptures from the Altar that are still extant are in the reconstruction of the Altar at the Pergamon Museum.
Museum: Pergamon Museum, Berlin
Origin: The Great Altar of Zeus, Pergamon
Time Period: Ancient Greek - Hellenistic, 166-156 B.C.E.
Sources and Further Reading:
Collins, Neil. "Altar of Zeus: Pergamon." Art Encyclopedia. Visual-arts-cork.com, 2017, http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/antiquity/pergamon-altar.htm.
"Giants (Greek Mythology)." Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giants_(Greek_mythology).
"Great Altar of Zeus at Pergamon, Giant." Museum of Classical Archaeology Databases. University of Cambridge, UK, http://museum.classics.cam.ac.uk/collections/casts/great-altar-zeus-pergamon-giant.
Harris, Beth, and Steven Zucker. "Great Altar of Zeus and Athena at Pergamon (video)." Khan Academy, https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-art-history/ancient-mediterranean-ap/greece-etruria-rome/v/the-pergamon-altar-c-200-150-b-c-e.
"Pergamon Altar." Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pergamon_Altar.