It has to be ancient
this handsome dude
was pulled off the bottom of the Mediterranean,
about 300 meters off the coast of Valencia.
Scholars pondered it origins,
and decided that it was Greek, 4th C. B.C.
(or a Roman copy thereof)
And -- of course -- it's ancient,
because this is simply not the way
a male figure would present itself
in any subsequent civilization.
This is a male bathing beauty ---
i.e. --- it's way too gay.
The insouciant pose...
as well as the sensual way
that beautiful right leg and foot has been drawn.
That's why I find figure sculpture so fascinating ---
because design choices change over time and place,
even if human anatomy is always the same.