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Fragment of a cresting plaque from the ridge of a Roman roof: a woman walking towards a candelabrum

Height: 10cm
Width: 9cm

Museum number: M1162.B

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 468help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

Part of the head, shoulders, left arm, and body of a young woman wearing a chiton and himation arranged in archaistic folds; two thick locks of hair hang down over her right shoulder.

Group I: Wainscoting Plaques.

This type of 'Campana Relief', of similar composition as the complete example: 'Women walking towards stylized Acanthus' SM M428 (Vermeule cat 475), can be traced through several stages of stylistic change during the period leading into the first century AD. The Soane example, with its rather individual emphasis on the two way locks of hair, lies closer to the large fragment in the Museo Gregoriano, Rome, but the complete composition can be judged by the later, more eclectic plaque in the British Museum.1

1 H. Von Rohden and H. Winnefeld, Die antiken Terracotten (Architektomische römische Tonreliefs der Kaiserzeit), IV, pp. 212-214, pls. IX, CXI.

Provenance help-art-provenance

See Vermeule 459

Literature

Von Rohden, IV, pp. 212-214


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