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Enthroned Woman with Infants

Unknown artist-0298/-0198

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

The enthroned woman holds four babies in her lap while breast-feeding the uppermost. The figure is one of many of the type discovered in a sanctuary at Capua in Campania. The sanctuary was consecrated to a fertility or mother goddess, possibly Fortuna or Juno. The exact intention of the donor is uncertain. This may be a case of a gift offered in gratitude for a successful birth or as a votive in hope of the same.

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