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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Dates/Places: Roman Republic and Empire
Creator Name-CRT: Roman
Title: Statuette of an Enthroned Figure
Title Type: preferred
View: Front view
Creation Start Date: 1
Creation End Date: 100
Creation Date: Imperial Period, 1st century A.D.
Creation Place: Early Western World,Roman Republic and Empire
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Bronze, silver inlay
Dimensions: H.: 15.5 cm (6-1/8 in.) W.: 8.1 cm (3-3/8 in.) Depth: 9.5 cm (3-3/4 in.)
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1965.402
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Wirt D. Walker Endowment
Subject Description: Seated on her elaborate, high-backed throne, this goddess or personified virtue wears a long chiton tied above her waist and an ample himation, which is draped over her left shoulder, falls down her back, around her lap, and ends in folds across either side of her legs. Her right hand is extended, palm upwards. Her missing left arm was raised. A cap culminating in a large diadem is set above her hair, the latter tied in a long braid behind her shoulders. Because this impressive figure probably held a patera (libation dish) on her right hand and a large cornucopia (horn of plenty) in her left arm, she is probably Concordia, symbol of family harmony and one of the four cardinal virtues of the Roman Empire.
Context: In A.D. 15, the second Roman emperor, Tiberius (reigned A.D. 14-37), dedicated a large temple to Concordia just below the Capitoline Hill and overlooking the Roman Forum, the most important location in the Roman world. This bronze is a version in miniature of the colossal gold and ivory cult-image of Concordia placed in that temple and now know chiefly from Roman coins.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1965.402
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998
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