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A Roman Marble Togate Figure of a Woman, circa 2nd Century A.D.
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OTHER PROPERTIES

A Roman Marble Togate Figure of a Woman, circa 2nd Century A.D.
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Details & Cataloguing

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A Roman Marble Togate Figure of a Woman, circa 2nd Century A.D.
standing with the weight on her left leg, and wearing a toga over a chiton bound in a twisted belt, a signet ring on the index finger of her right hand, the veiled head (not belonging) with centrally parted wavy hair surmounted by a stephane; base faceted in modern times, neck, chin, and back of head incl. most of veil restored, nose and left hand formerly restored.
Total height 125 cm.; height without plinth 118 cm.
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Provenance

European private collection, circa 18th Century (based on restoration techniques)
Austrian private collection, acquired in the 1970s

Catalogue Note

Representations of togate women in the round and in relief are not common, as the toga was a garment typically reserved for men; see the fourteen examples compiled by H. Goette, Studien zu römischen Togadarstellungen, 1990, p. 158f., to which a statue from Spain should be added: A. Garcia y Bellido, Archivo Español de Arqueologia, vol. 38, 1965, p. 85, fig. 3.

For a discussion of the ancient sources and visual evidence for the use of the toga by unmarried women see K. Olson, in J.C. Edmondson and A. Keith, eds., Roman Dress and the Fabrics of Roman Culture, 2008, pp. 142ff.

The ancient head which was added to the present statue shows idealised features and wears a stephane. She represents a goddess, not an actual individual (cf. a head in Warsaw: T. Mikocki, Les sculptures mythologiques et décoratives dans les collections polonaises, 1994, p. 70, no. 60, pl. 35). The original head of the statue would have been a private portrait.

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