This sculpture represents an idealized nymph, which represents the classical understanding of feminine beauty and her association with the element water. Nymphs, female divinities, were idolized by the Greeks, they resided in water, mountains, forests and fields representing the elements and forces of nature. For this reason representations of nymphs during roman times could be found in fountains and springs and buildings with water features. Stylistically, the work bears many resemblances to 4th century AD Greek sculptures, however the way the eyes have been sculpted allows one to trace its origins to the second quarter of the 2nd century AD.


  • Title: Roman Nymph
  • Date Created: 2nd century AD
  • Location: National Museum of Archaeology
  • Provenance: Quinta do Marim, Olhão. Portugal
  • Rights: José Pessoa ADF/DGPC
  • Medium: Marble
  • Art Movement: Roman Period
  • Art Form: Sculpture

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