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The statue represents a naked Gallic warrior on the point of death. He is characterised by his burly body, his rough hair and moustache and the Gallic torque round his neck. His sword, shield and trumpet lie on the ground, and he is still trying to remain standing by supporting himself on his right arm, while his head has sunk down on his chest. His life will soon be ebbing out.
The original was made at the end of the 3rd century at Pergamon in Asia Minor, which in the period after Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) was ravaged by plundering Gallic tribes. The Gaul was originally part of the group that King Attalos I of Pergamon erected on the Acropolis at Athens.
The bronze cast was made from a Roman marble copy in the Musei Capitolini, Rome