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Figure of a Woman

Unknown100 - 300

Museo de Huesca

Museo de Huesca
Huesca, Spain

Marble sculpture of a woman leaning on her left arm. Her head has been lost, and the clothes that cover her body have been sculpted in a way that resembles the wet-drapery technique. She holds a scroll in her right hand. The sculpture's exact purpose is not known. One theory suggests that it was positioned on an item of furniture, such as a triclinium (a couch used for dining). However, it could also have had a funerary purpose as part of a mausoleum, pantheon, or tomb of a family with a high social status. It may also have been used as the lid for a funerary urn. It is fairly certain that the figure does not represent any type of deity, or even a nymph or any other mythological or allegorical female incarnation. It could be based on a specific person, which would make it a portrait.

Details

  • Title: Figure of a Woman
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 100 - 300
  • Physical Dimensions: 38 x 17 x 16 cm
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Gobierno de Aragón
  • External Link: CERES MCU
  • Medium: White sculpted marble
  • Photograph: Fernando Alvira Lizano
  • Cultural Context: Roman Empire

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