Togate figure2020-01-12T11:06:46+00:00

Project Description

STATUE OF Togate figure (75 A.D.)

Although it has lost its original head. I the overall state of preservation of the statue allows it to be critically as¬sessed. The drapery that falls over the folds crossing the front of the body suggests it should be dated to a period subsequent to Augustus’s reign, though not later than the 1st century A.D. The series of folds, some of them still having sharp edges, are reminiscent of the drapery of the Julio-Claudian age, especially when sculpted in the work¬shops of Greece and Asia Minor. The pictorial handling contains a Hellenis¬tic element in the transparency of the tunic under the toga where it covers the right leg.
The quadrangular altar has richly moulded cornices at the top and bottom. On the right side is a patera, on the left side an urn; on the front, in a panel at top left, two figures next to an altar are sculpted in high relief. On the left is Minerva, who is wearing a Corinthian helmet and a sleeveless chiton, with armillae on her arms; in her right hand she held a spear, which was painted, while her left hand rested on her shield. On the right is the figure of a young man wearing a toga who is holding out his right hand to make an offering, while his left arm is hanging by his side. In the centre is a rectangular altar decorated with cornices. The presence of Minerva in this funerary relief is explicable if the man on the right is an illustrious citizen in charge of the goddess’s cult. The togate figure’s hairstyle and the style of the relief suggest that it was executed during the reign of Domitian, an emperor who gave considerable importance to the cult of Minerva.

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