Female statue, so-called Aspasia Type

Inv. Scu 41

Marble statue made according to the type known as Aspasia and very popular in the Roman period, especially as the base of portrait heads.

The female statue, in tunic and cloak, is characterized by the extreme rigidity of the cloak that envelops the figure entirely, on the model of the Aphrodite Sosandra, sculpted by Calamis in the first half of the 5th century BC.

Only the left arm, extended forward at the waist, emerges from the long drapery that only hints at the shape of the body beneath.

The head, ancient but not pertinent, is characterized by a hairstyle with a central partition and soft waves with the locks divided on each side at the temples.

Most of the copies seem to date to the Hadrianic-Antonine period, but the finding of a headless statue in Stabiae in a level predating the eruption of AD 79 makes it possible now to date the introduction of the type in the Campanian area at least to the 1st century AD.

The work was probably found in Rome.