There is a further instalment in the 'Gaza Apollo' story from Rogue Classicist:
The “Apollo” of Gaza ~ Part II: Questions of Condition and Authenticity
is the Gaza “Apollo” genuine or is it a clever fake? [...] I keep hemming and hawing on this issue and I still can’t come down firmly on one side or the other. The provenance strikes me (and most critical observers, it appears) as obviously manufactured. The weight, the face, and the survival of the base of the statue also combine to lead me to think there’s something very much amiss with this one. I’m still not too sure about the hair treatment either. [...] . Despite all those considerations, it still seems possible that it is genuine and perhaps an archaizing sort of thing like the head from Herculaneum or possibly simply the product of a crappy artist. The whole situation is clearly being mishandled and I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t hear anything more about this one for a year or two, if at all.
The previous instalments:
- The “Apollo” of Gaza ~ Part I: Fishy Tales and Timelines
- The “Apollo” of Gaza ~ Part Ia: Fishy Tales and Timelines
- The “Apollo” of Gaza ~ Part Ib: Implications of the Arabic Press Coverage