Title of Work
Date of Work
c. 1st-3rd century CE
Art & Design Study Collection
UND Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center
The small sculpture, which was influenced by earlier Greek Classical art, represents the Roman god of war. It was cast solid in bronze by the “lost-wax” (or “cire-perdu”) method.
In making the cast sculpture, the bust was first formed as a wax model. Then the wax model was surrounded with clay, which was built up into a mold. After the mold dried, the wax was melted out through a hole. Then molten metal was poured into the mold. During the “lost-wax” process, neither the mold or wax model survive and only one cast can be made.