Emma stone sleeping dogs

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Emma stone sleeping dogs

The Emma stone sleeping dogs, officially known as the Emma stone sleeping dogs, are a set of bronze dogs that depict a sleeping human figure lying on a stone-carved surface, as with the stone statue of Anaxagoras in the Erechtheion on the Acropolis of Athens. They are named after Emma Stone, the current head of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Communication.

The piece is a bronze cast of the Anaxagoras statue.


The Emma stone sleeping dogs depicts a standing male figure with his hands on his thighs, leaning forward. The piece consists of a large stone block with two female statues depicting dogs placed on either side of the male. A smaller block on the left end of the male statue depicts two more sleeping dogs. The figure, also a cast of the Anaxagoras statue in the Erechtheion, is named after Emma Stone, then head of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Communication, who attended the unveiling. The Emma stone sleepers were sculpted by a team led by Costas J. C. Lomas in the early 1990s.


The Emma stone sleeping dogs was discovered in 1994, buried in a pile of loose stones. The statue, like the Emma stone is a cast of the original statue of the 1st century BC, depicting a naked man with his arms outstretched on a marble slab. It was created in Athens and donated to the British Museum. The sculptor was named as Apollodorus, a Greek sculptor from the late 3rd or early 2nd centuries BC. The work was first noted by the British Museum.


The statue depicts a nude man with his arms extended on a flat marble slab. He is shown from behind, although the front of his face is partly obscured by his hair. The arms were originally made of ivory, but this material has been removed, although it has been replaced by plaster, which reveals the original ivory underneath. He stands on a base with dogs at the sides and a dog in the front. He is represented as a bearded older man, standing a little over 1 m tall.

The statue is dated to the Hellenistic period and was donated to the museum in the 19th century.


An inscription of Demetrios of Phaleron, an Erechtheion inscription is on the statue.

The statue was originally dated to the 4th century BC, because of a reference in Athenaeus to the statue's construction in 403 BC. The Anaxagoras statue in the Erechtheion was also dated to the 4th century BC. That work depicted a younger man, who was originally nude. It was dated to the 3rd century BC based on a reference to one of the sculptures in Thessalonica in 192/191 BC. That work was probably created by Praxiteles. This was a mistake, as Praxiteles had no sculptural works of his own in Thessalonica, although he must have taught there.

The statue was probably originally created in the late 4th century, probably in the workshop of Anaxagoras.



External links

Bibliotheca, The New York Times

Category:Ancient Greek sculpture

Category:Sculptures of the Louvre by Classical Antiquity Attributed to Antenor

Category:Archaeological discoveries in Greece

Category:Eleven-thousanders of Greece

Category:Hellenistic and Roman sculpture

Category:1885 archaeological discoveries

Category:Hellenistic-era statuary

Category:Statues in Greece


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