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Statue of a Seated Woman

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of marble.


2nd century



About this artwork

Roman sculptors often adapted the forms of earlier Greek artworks for use in entirely new contexts. This statue evokes the figures of seated, draped goddesses displayed in the pediments of the Parthenon, the renowned temple on the Acropolis in Athens. Among the Romans, this statue type was widely used for sculptures of female deities such as Juno (the Greek Hera), the consort of Jupiter (the Greek Zeus), as well as for portraits of empresses and other prominent women. Here the figure’s head and arms, now missing, were made separately and attached by means of dowels, the holes for which are visible.


On View, Gallery 154


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Statue of a Seated Woman


Roman Empire (Object made in)

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101 CE–200 CE




82 × 63.5 × 38.2 cm (32 3/8 × 25 × 15 in.)

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Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund

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