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Base with no inscription

Roman art


This fragment was probably half of a base for a statue or a funerary cippus, the other half of which is also on view in Room II (Inv. LXXXVI). The four sides of the monument would have been originally decorated with simple panels framed by moulding composed of a cyma reversa and a listel.

The sculpture is roughly datable to between the second and third centuries CE.


Object details

Inventory
XCa
Location
Date
II-III secolo d.C.
Classification
Medium
white marble with grey veining
Dimensions
altezza cm 72; larghezza cm 53; profondità cm 41
Provenance

Borghese Collection, cited for the first time in the Inventario Fidecommissario Borghese, 1833, C., p. 46, no. 69 (?). Purchased by the Italian State, 1902.

Conservation and Diagnostic
  • 19th century - reintegrations: on the intact face the fillet in the upper left corner; in the back half of the base.
  • 1966 Tito Minguzzi
  • 1996-97 Liana Persichelli

Commentary

This fragment was half of a base for a statue or a funerary cippus, the other half of which is also in Room II (Inv. LXXXVI). The four sides of the monument would have, probably, been originally decorated with simple panels framed by moulding composed of a cyma reversa and a listel. The two works attest to the adaptation and reuse in the nineteenth century of pieces during the rehang of the Villa after the famous sale of the antiquities collection to France.

The sculpture, which is on display in Room II, was reused as a base for the herm of Hercules as a boy (inv. XC). The work can be roughly dated to between the second and third centuries CE.

Giulia Ciccarello




Bibliography
  • P. Moreno, A. Viacava, I marmi antichi della Galleria Borghese. La collezione archeologica di Camillo e Francesco Borghese, Roma 2003, p. 175, n. 149.
  • Scheda di catalogo 12/0147843, P. Moreno 1976; aggiornamento G. Ciccarello 2020.