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Anepigraphic Plinth

Roman art


This is most likely half of a funerary stone or of a plinth for a statue, the other half of which is also preserved in Room 2 (Inv. XC). In origin, the monument must have presented panelling on all four sides, bordered in mouldings composed of a cyma reversa and a fillet.

This sculpture is indicatively datable between the second and the third centuries CE.


Object details

Inventory
LXXXVIa
Location
Date
2nd-3rd century A.D.
Classification
Medium
marmo bianco venato di grigio
Dimensions
height 72 cm; width 53 cm; depth 41 cm
Provenance

Borghese Collection, cited in the Inventario Fidecommissario Borghese, 1833, C., p. 46, no. 77. Purchased by the Italian State, 1902.

Conservation and Diagnostic
  • 19th century - restorations: on the undamaged face, the fillet in the lower corners and upper half of the left side; in the fillet and upper convex quarter of the cyma on the other right; in the back half of the base.
  • 1996-97 Liana Persichelli

Commentary

This fragment is half of a funerary stone or of a plinth for a statue; the other half is found in the same Room 2 (Inv. XC), evidence of the nineteenth century adaptation and reuse of a number of pieces when the Villa was redecorated after the famous sale to France of its collection of antiques. Originally this monument most likely presented smooth panels on all four sides, framed in mouldings formed by a cyma reversa and a fillet. This sculpture is exhibited in Room 2, supporting the Herm of Hercules wearing a Mantle (inv. LXXXVI).

This work can be dated approximately between the second and the third century CE.  




Bibliography
  • P. Moreno, A. Viacava, I marmi antichi della Galleria Borghese. La collezione archeologica di Camillo e Francesco Borghese, Roma 2003, p. 171, n. 144.
  • Scheda di catalogo 12/0147841, P. Moreno 1976; aggiornamento G. Ciccarello 2020.