The earliest such attestations are the fragments of a monumental acrolithic
statue from the "Temple with Indented Niches" at Al Khanoum, Bactria (Bernard 1969: 338-41; Pichikyan 1991: 245-46; Shenkar 2011) and the fragments of a marble statue that were uncovered by Iranian archaeologists in recent excavations in the "Frataraka Temple" in Persepolis: Callieri 2007: 61-62.
An androgynous classical Greek head from the 5th century BC, probably of a divinity, was created in the acrolithic
technique of Ptolemy's portrait was employed in a nearly contemporary colossal bearded head of Herakles, about half a meter high and also in Parian marble, now in the Sparta Museum (Fig.
Osmund Bopearachchi convincingly argues for the use of the Hellenistic mixed-media acrolithic
technique in the case of a splendid Gandharan sculpture, in which marble was used for the head, and the section of torso and arms, while other materials such as wood, clay, and textiles would have been used to create the remainder of a monumental image.