Female statue restored as Muse

Inv. Scu 806

The statue wears a long tunic (chiton) down to her feet and a cloak (himation). The latter wraps the body passing over the left shoulder and under the right arm.
The head shows classical and idealized features, and the hair is gathered in locks behind the nape.

Once displayed in the Casino del Belvedere in the Vatican, right after its discovery the statue was restored as Urania, Muse of astronomy, with the addition of her attributes: a flute in her right hand and another object in her left hand, perhaps a globe but now missing.

According to comparisons with similar examples, the statuary type originally belonged to the image of Kore (Persephone), daughter of Demeter. However, the same type is also found in depictions of Hygieia and Demeter herself.

The imposing female statue belongs to the group of sculptures donated to the Capitoline by Pius V in 1566, as recalled in the 17th century inscription visible on the base (EM 229).

The work is likely to be a Roman re-elaboration of an original made by the followers of Praxiteles in the 4th century BC.