The restoration - Mont'e Prama

The restoration 10,000 fragments of stone make up what has become known as the group of sculptures from Mont’e Prama. The recomposed sculptures now on display include 27 anthropomorphic statues which are not complete – 6 archers, 3 warriors and 18 boxers, one warrior’s shield, 16 models of nuraghes – 5 simple, 4 four-lobed, 6 eight-lobed and one indefinable, 9 betyls – 6 in sandstone and 3 in limestone, and other unidentified sculptures. The height of the statues varies from 185 to 200 cm. They rest on a 15 cm base to provide adequate support to the heavy, fragile block of stone.

The restoration

Ten thousand stone fragments make up what has been discovered of the sculpture complex of Mont’e Prama so far.

Ten thousand stone fragments make up what has been discovered of the sculpture complex of Mont’e Prama so far.
Over four hundred of these fragments were assembled in the first phase of restoration at the Li Punti Centre in Sassari where, in November 2011, the entire sculpture complex was displayed to the public for the first time since its discovery, in the temporary exhibition La pietra e gli eroi (The stone and the heroes).

Other fragments, attributable to the new finds discovered in the excavation campaigns of 2014 and 2015, were assembled in the site set up at the Civic museum ‘Giovanni Marongiu’ in Cabras.
This restoration project focused mainly on two models of 4-lobed nuraghes (another two are still to be restored), the statue of an archer and one of the two new types of boxer statues, similar to the Nuragic bronze statuette found in the Villanovan culture tomb of Cavalupo in Vulci (VT), with a great shield and armed glove held in front of the body instead of at head height. The second statue is on display but still requires restoration work.

The recomposed sculptures now on display include 27 anthropomorphic statues which are not complete – 6 archers, 3 warriors and 18 boxers, one warrior’s shield, 16 models of nuraghes – 5 simple, 4 four-lobed, 6 eight-lobed and one indefinable, 9 betyls – 6 in sandstone and 3 in limestone, and other unidentified sculptures.

The height of the statues varies from 185 to 200 cm. They rest on a 15 cm base to provide adequate support to the heavy, fragile block of stone.