Collection: Athens, National Archaeological Museum
Title: Statue of Ploutos
Context: Possibly from Athens
Findspot: Excavated at Piraeus Harbor
Summary: Statue of the baby Ploutos, personification of wealth
Object Function: Unknown
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Free-standing statue
Category: Original/copies
Style: Late Classical
Technique: In-the-round
Original or Copy: Copy
Original: Eirene and Ploutos type

H 0.67 m

Scale: Over life-size
Region: Attica
Period: Roman

Subject Description: Ploutos, seated 3/4-view to the left, wearing a himation draped over his knees, lower legs, and thighs where he sits on the arm of Eirene, legs crossed, with his head in 3/4-back-view to the left, tilted up to look at Eirene. He reaches his right arm up to Eirene, and his left arm is down at his side.

Condition: Fragmentary

Condition Description:

Mostly a single fragment (with three smaller fragments preserving most of left foot of Ploutos, reattached, and one fragment preserving end of drapery below keras, reattached); chipped on face, lower hem of drapery, both feet, genitals; slight chips and scratches all over; white adhesions on feet and garment; some reddish-brown iron stains on himation and neck; greenish-gray encrustations on feet of Ploutos; attachment hole just below elbow of Eirene (diam. 0.013, D. 0.024), around which orange iron stain; another attachment hole (diam. 0.014, D. 0.02) around which an orange iron stain, on the himation of Ploutos, just below the bend of his right leg; on himation, beneath buttocks of Ploutos, bronze (?) dowel, around which is adhered white plaster, attached to lucite base for modern installation.

Material Description:

Fine-medium grained white marble with bluish-gray micaceous veins

Sources Used: Vierneisel-Schlörb 1979, 262 n. 4.10; Jung 1976, 102; La Rocca 1974, 113 no. 12; Karouzou 1968, 157 n. 175;Rizzo 1932, pl. 5.1; Lippold 1923a, 7; Klein 1898, 86; Kavvadias/Glypta, 150 n. 175; Murray 1880, 252, fig. 11; U. Köhler, "Der Plutos des Kephisodot," AM 6 (1881) 363 pl. 13.