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Accession_Number 29.6.1
adlib_title Ludovisi throne
Shape Cast
Shape_description Plaster cast of a three-sided sculptural relief
Material Plaster
Fabric
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Munsell_color
Decoration Plaster cast of the “Ludovisi Throne” (Original in Museo Nazionale Romano di Palazzo Altemps). Central panel: Aphrodite (Roman Venus) rises from the sea assisted by two Horae (Seasons) on the shore who clothe the lower part of her body.The scene probably represents the birth of the goddess. Alternative interpretations: Persephone’s return from the Hades or Hera emerging from the Kanathos waters (Hera Parthenos). Left panel: Seated naked female figure (hetaira?)wearing a sakkos (hairnet) plays the double aulos. Right panel: Seated crouched veiled woman with a pyxis in her left hand in front of an incense burner (thymiaterion)
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Condition
Technique/Style Plaster cast of a marble original. The severe style of the carving, naturalistic and well proportioned figures with a rustic surface, suggests that the original was created in 460 BC
Provenance Mr. E.P. Warren collection
Period modern
Date c. 1929
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Comparanda Cf. Cast of the Boston Throne (Ure 29.6.2)
Bibliography M. Torelli (2007) Il trono Ludovisi da Erice all Oriente , 336-350 K. J. Hartswick 2004, The gardens of Sallust. A changing Landscape, Austin
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Beazley_DB
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Other_dims. Central panel: 89 x 142 x 18. Right panel: 84 x 68 x 14.5. Left panel: 88 x 69 x 16
Location
Edited_by Claudina
Date_edited 10.08.2017
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