Classical antiquity, an acrolith ( Greek etymology: "acros" and "lithos", English translation: "height" or "extremity" and "stone") was a statuein which the trunk of the figure was made of wood, and the extremities (head, hands and feet) of marble. The wood was concealed either by gilding or, more commonly, by drapery, and the marble parts alone were exposed. The similar, earlier, Chryselephantine sculptures used ivoryinstead of marble, and normally gold on the body. Acroliths are frequently mentioned by Pausanias (100s CE), the best known example being the "Athene Areia" ("Warlike Athena") of the Plataeans.
Examples of acrolithic sculptures
Athene Areia of the Plataeans
Colossus of Constantine
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