A Roman Marble Figure of a Woman, circa 2nd Century A.D.
Property from an English Private Collection
A Roman Marble Figure of a Woman
circa 2nd Century A.D.
standing with the weight on her left leg, wearing a chiton girdled beneath the breasts, and a himation draped over the left shoulder and around the lower body, the right arm bent at the elbow and wrapped in a fold of the himation, remains of a strut on the right upper arm; former restorations removed.
Total height with modern base 165.5 cm.; height without modern base 157.5 cm.; height without plinth 145.5 cm.
Hole in neck for attachment of once restored head has remains of lead. Arm break across forearm has pin hole in front for once restored right hand, as well as a hole on each side. Puntello on proper right forearm also drilled. Note fragmentary left hand once wrapped in drapery. Chips on tips of toes. Surface quite weathered and mossy overall due to lengthy exposure to elements, and with chips and abrasions as shown. Stress crack running across proper left foot, around corner, and down to proper left back corner. Ancient base of statue cemented onto a stone base of equal width and length.
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The style of the carving suggests a funerary portrait statue. For the draping of the himation see http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/30649.
Local lore has it that Augustus Walker had a member of staff of the British Museum come to see the statue, “with a view of finding the head”. Walker was a picture dealer whose gallery was located at 118 Bond Street in London. It is unclear whether he was responsible for bringing the statue to Knotmead, or if a previous owner had done so before he bought the house circa 1916. In 1881, the house is known to have been occupied by Frances (Fanny) Wylde, daughter of the Rev. William Thomas Wylde, Rector of Woodborough, Wiltshire, and his second wife the Honourable Elizabeth Pleydell Bouverie, granddaughter of the 2nd Earl of Radnor.