Drunk old woman

Inv. Scu 299

The sculpture, reassembled from fragments and heavily supplemented, depicts an old woman tightly clutching a wine vase. The work falls within the category of Hellenistic representations of people with vices who are depicted in their degraded daily lives.

The rendering of the veins and the wrinkles is especially realistic, and along with a particularly detailed drapery, suggests that it could be a copy of a 3rd century CE work, sculpted in Smyrna by a Myron known for a drunk old woman (anus ebria).

The statue was found in 1620 during the restoration work of the church of S. Agnese in via Nomentana.