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Statuette of the Personification of a City

Date:
4th–5th century
Culture:
Late Roman or Byzantine
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 1/16 x 5 11/16 x 4 1/16 in. (25.5 x 14.4 x 10.3 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.100.40
  • Description

    Tyche, the concept of chance or fortune, was often connected with cities. Images personifying Tyche appeared in a range of media, including coins, stone reliefs, glass bottles, and stone and copper-alloy sculptures. Here, Tyche sits on a low throne. Wearing a mural crown, chiton, and peplos, she holds a cornucopia in her left hand. She extends her right hand, which held a now missing attribute, possibly a staff. It is difficult to identify which city may be represented by the statuette, though Constantinople has frequently been suggested. Regardless of its identification, the sculpture is representative of the small-scale Tyche images common throughout the late Roman and early Byzantine worlds.

  • Provenance

    Said to have been found in Rome; Mme. Edouard Warneck, Paris (sold Hôtel Drouot, June 13-16, 1905); [ Arthur Sambon, Paris (sold Galerie Georges Petit, May 25-28, 1914)]; Robert Rousset(sold 1947); [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York ( sold 1947)]

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