What is the opposite of a simulacrum, in the sense of an image, effigy or representation?

I am looking for a word to describe the original flesh and blood person represented by a statue.

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    Antonyms for this word are easily found via online thesauruses. The most obvious choice would be "original." What about this word or any of the others listed is inadequate? What research have you done to answer this question? – JBH Aug 28 '17 at 6:58
  • @JBH Perhaps I could've phrased it better. But "the original of a statue" doesn't sound right at all. Put it this way. A statue is a simulacrum of a person. A person is the ___? of a statue. – M Richards Aug 28 '17 at 7:36
  • @MRichards In the context of a statue, model would be the obvious choice. I doubt there’s a one-size-fits-all solution here that will fit all contexts, though. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Aug 28 '17 at 8:17
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    @MRichards Ah, in that case, is there any reason 'subjects' doesn't fit the bill? (which is covered in Ruble.31's answer) – Spagirl Aug 28 '17 at 13:34
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    @Spagirl Yes, I suppose that would be the best fit. Cheers. – M Richards Aug 29 '17 at 12:39

In addition to the suggested "original," you could also use "subject," "inspiration,"or "archetype."

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