Female herma

Inv. Scu 1096

The Neo-Attic style herma shows the head carved in the style of the Korai of the Acropolis of Athens and wears a long tunic (underchiton and a Doric chiton with kolpos, the blousing of the chiton above the girdle) with wide folds.

The hair is gathered around the head with an archaic braid and a wreath of palmettes intertwined to lotus buds. Two large braids fall down on the shoulders.

The right arm is missing from the elbow and the left one is broken just under the shoulder; however, it is possible to assume that the left arm was lowered and the right one perhaps held a patera.

The herma is to relate to the other three hermae (see Inv. Scu 1076, 1095, 1100); all four constitute two couples that decorated a door.

The Neo-Attic style dates the work to early Imperial period. The work was found on the Esquiline hill.