A bust of the famous king of Sparta.
bronze Leonidas of Sparta (large)
- Height including his marble base: 30cm
In 480 BC, the Spartan king Leonidas held the pass of Thermopylae for two days against the invading Persian army under the leadership Xerxes. With 300 men, he covered the retreat of the Greek fleet. Simonides' epitaph to the fallen Greeks reads: 'Go now, and tell the Spartans, passer-by, that here, obedient to their laws, we lie.' A vast statue of him stands in Sparta today.
The bronze pieces are cast in Greece using the traditional lost wax method. As nothing is mass-produced, there will inevitably be slight variations in texture, patina, and colour. No two pieces are ever the same. If mounted on a marble base, it will be a black or very dark grey base. There may be a variation of some millimetres in the dimensions of the base from time to time.
It's All Greek is proud to have been working with the Semitekolo family foundry since 1999. It has been a privilege to handle these gorgeous pieces and to sell them to customers all over the world.