Title: Diadoumenos
Summary: Athelete binding his hair with a taenia (fillet)
Object Function: Victory?
Sculptor: Literary attestation to Polykleitos
Material: Bronze
Sculpture Type: Free-standing statue
Category: Original/copies
Style: High Classical
Technique: Hollow cast
Original or Copy: Original (lost)
Date: ca. 430 BC - ca. 420 BC
Scale: Life-size
Period: High Classical


Subject Description: Pliny described this figure as "a supple youth," named the "Diadoumenos," literally, man binding his head. He notes that it was famous for having cost 100 talents. Statues thought to copy this statue show a youthful athlete, in a Polykleitan stance (with his weight shifted over his right leg, like the Doryphoros), holding both arms above his head, in the process of tying a taenia, or fillet, around his short, curly hair.

Form & Style:

This statue probably dated late among Polykleitos' works

Lucian praises the statue for its beauty.

Date Description:

The statue is usually dated ca. 420, later in Polykleitos' oeuvre, on the basis of the hairstyle. Ridgway notes that this is a tenuous indicator of chronology, as hairstyles may have been altered by copyists, strictly from whose work the style of the original is known.

Condition: Lost

Sources Used: B.S. Ridgway in Moon 1995, 188-89; Stewart 1990, 162, 264

Other Bibliography: Weber 1992, 1-6; LIMC, 2.242 no. 468; Borbein 1982, 208; Stewart 1982b, 83 n. 8; Zanker 1974, 11 ff.; Lorenz 1972, 24-28, pls. 8-9; Charbonneaux et al. 1972, 172; Hiller 1971, 15, 28, 36, 42; Schuchhardt 1971, 335; Walter 1971, 338; D.K. Hill, AJA 74 (1970) 21 ff.; Richter 1970d, 249 f.; Fuchs 1969, 88; Vermeule 1969, 5, 8; Lauter 1968, 45 ff., passim; N. Himmelmann-Wildschütz, MarbWPr 1967, 27 ff., 1958, 1 f.; Boardman 1967, 153; H. Marwitz, AntPl 6 (1967) 31 ff.; Schefold 1965, 131; Arias 1964, 30 ff.; Hafner 1961, 205 ff.; Lippold 1950, 166.6; Alscher 1954-63, 3.14 f.; Picard/Manuel, 2.287 ff. ; Bianchi Bandinelli 1938, 20 f, pl. 11-12; Curtius 1938, 259; Süsserott 1938, 129 f.; Richter, AJA 39 (1935) 129; Lippold 1923a, 15, 33, 35, 46, 47, 93, 152, 153, 173; Hyde 1921, 92 f.; C. Anti, "Monumenti policletei," MonAnt 26 (1920) 501-784; A. Maviglia, RM 27 (1912) 37 ff.; Hauser 1909; E. Löwy, ÖJh 10 (1907) 326-29, 8 (1905) 269 ff.; Mahler 1902, 73; Furtwängler 1893, 435 ff.; A. Michaelis, AdI 50 (1878) 1