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Marble statue of a seated muse

1st or 2nd century A.D.
Marble, Pentelic
H. as restored 66 in. (167.7 cm.)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson, 1903
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Restorations made in the early 17th century: the nose, chin, neck, large pieces on the right side of the back, pieces in the drapery, chips in the body, and the plinth. The head is ancient but from a different statue.

Copy of a Greek statue of the 3rd century B.C.

Seated on a rock, with her head resting on her right hand, this muse was probably part of a group of statues showing a musical contest between the boastful satyr Marsyas and the god Apollo. The statue was part of the collection of antiquities acquired in Rome by the Marchese Vincenzo Giustiniani during the first third of the seventeenth century.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 143, 283, pl. 183c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 194, pp. 101-2, pl. 137, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Fusconi, Giulia. 2001. I Giustiniani e l'Antico : Palazzo Fontana di Trevi, Roma 26 ottobre 2001-27 gennaio 2002. cat. 27, pp. 267-71, pl. 27a, Roma: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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