Statue of an Old Woman

Inv. Scu 640

The figure is totally unbalanced towards the right: her legs are both bent, her shoulders draw a diagonal line towards the right, her left arm is bent and holds the hem of the cloak, and her right one is also bent, slightly apart from the figure.

The depiction of elderly people was a very common motif in the Hellenistic period: this figure was probably part of a composite group, as is suggested by the gestures of the woman, turned to her left with clear surprise and apprehension for the scene that was taking place a little further.

Her head is forcefully turned towards the left. The woman wears a very light chiton down to her feet that clings to the forms of her body, revealing that she is no longer a young woman and a cloak that covers the lower half of her figure, from her hips to her knees.

The work is an early Imperial copy of a Hellenistic original and it was probably found in Rome.

Once part of the Boccapaduli collection, in 1566 it changed hands to Pius V and entered the Capitoline collections in 1733.