Marble statue of a seated woman

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 16 5/8 x 17 x 13 3/8 in. (42.2 x 43.2 x 34 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.78.31
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Roman version of a Greek statue type of the 3rd–2nd century B.C.

This figure, like the seated woman nearby (18.145.55), probably represents a nymph and was made to decorate a garden. The twisted pose with sharply projecting limbs tightly wrapped in layers of drapery is typical of much Hellenistic sculpture, in which the rendering of finely differentiated, superimposed clothing was an integral part of the design.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 195, p. 102, pls. 138a-b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.