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Roman Drapery from a Life-Size Statue, 1st-2nd Century A.D

Conservation:  Good condition
Material:  Bronze
Dimensions:  3.1 kg total, 42.2 cm high including stand
Provenance:  Acquired 1980s-early 1990s.Ex private German collection.English private collection; Acquired at auction, UK, February 2023


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A bronze drapery fragment modelling the folds of the fabric in relief, presumably once forming part of a larger statue.

The 1st and 2nd centuries AD belong to the period known as High Imperial Rome, i.e. the period of splendour of the Roman Empire. It was a flourishing period thanks to the rise to power of Augustus, who promoted powerful changes in the Empire that had repercussions on Roman art. During this period, the sculptural aesthetic came from the Hellenistic world and the predominant typologies were historical reliefs and portraits, which were intended to advertise the most important figures or events.

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