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Marble statue of a member of the imperial family

Period:
Augustan or Julio-Claudian
Date:
27 B.C.–A.D. 68
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 47 in. (199.38 cm) Width: 24 1/2 in. (62.23 cm) Depth: 16 in. (40.63 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Bequest of Bill Blass, 2002
Accession Number:
2003.407.8a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
This statue and the similar work, 2003.407.9 were probably part of a statuary group portraying and honoring members of the Julio-Claudian dynasty that ruled Rome from the time of Augustus to that of Nero. The stance of these partially nude figures brings to mind the canonic works of Polykleitos, one of the most famous Greek sculptors of the fifth century B.C., and was almost certainly intended to give a heroizing aura to the statues. It has been argued that the draping of the mantle around the hips and over the arm was a specific iconographic indication that the individual being honored was already deceased.
Until 2002, collection of Bill Blass, New York; acquired in 2003, bequest of Bill Blass.

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