Description & Technical information

Perhaps depicting a goddess, shown standing with her weight on her left leg and her right slightly bent at the knee, wearing a long pleated chiton and himation draped over her left shoulder, which then cascades over the front of her torso and down the left side of her body. Her breast and right shoulder is thinly veiled by a delicate undergarment, the folds of which are carefully and convincingly carved. She perhaps held an attribute in her now-missing left hand.

It is tempting to see this as a representation of Aphrodite: the suggestively-thin drapery across the chest that hints at nude flesh would be appropriate here. However, other female deities dress like this, too, as do Roman women, and in the absence of an attribute, it is impossible to know if this is a representation of a mortal or immortal woman, and if a goddess, which one. See for example a Roman marble statuette of the goddess Hygeia in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (acc. no. 1974.131), and a draped torso from a Roman portrait statue in the British Museum (acc. no. 1854,0509.1).

Height: 56 cm (53cm excluding base)

Period:  Antiquity
Origin:  Roman empire
Medium: Marble
Dimensions: 56 cm (22 inches)
Provenance: With Jean-Philippe Mariaud de Serres, Paris, 1980s; Private collection, Los Angeles, acquired from the above prior 1989
Literature: Published: 'Grange Style', House and Garden, July 1989, p. 104.

Comparatives: See for example a Roman marble statuette of the goddess Hygeia in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (acc. no. 1974.131), and a draped torso from a Roman portrait statue in the British Museum (acc. no. 1854,0509.1).
Categories: Classical & Egyptian antiquities