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Marble statue of a woman

1st or 2nd century A.D.
H. 65 in. (165.1 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson, 1903
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Copy or adaptation of a Hellenistic statue of the 2nd century B.C.

This figure wears three layers of clothing: a sleeved chiton visible below the neck, which is tied with a looped knot at the waist; a second chiton or peplos, fastened on both shoulders; and a himation (cloak), draped over the left shoulder and the lower part of the body. The composition of the drapery with its complex design of folds visible beneath layers of semitransparent material is a characteristic feature of sculpture dated to the late Hellenistic period. This Roman copy captures much of the variety and subtlety of the original work. A portrait head was probably fitted into the hollow prepared at the neck.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1950. The Sculpture and Sculptors of the Greeks, 3rd edn. pp. 108, 456, fig. 338, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 143, 283, pl. 123d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 200, pp. 103-4, pl. 141, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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