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Riace Bronzes, Statue B:
Detail of Back, with Calcareous Accretions

Note: The so-called 'Riace Bronzes' are two bronze statues found in 1972 off the coast of Calabria (southern Italy), near the town of Riace. They probably came from a ship that was wrecked off this coast during a storm somewhere in the last quarter of the 5th-cent.BC. The style of the two 'warriors' is transitional between the archaic and classical, giving us approximate dates between 460 and 420BC. The above image shows Statue B's original condition before cleaning (in a chemical bath) - the calcareous accretions accumulated on the bronze surface as a result of being under saltwater for over 2,000years...

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modified Jan. 20, 2005
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