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This hand and Soane M691 (Vermeule 396), are the left and right hands from the same statue. The left was open and extended, therefore the arm was probably lowered; the right was closed about a round object the thickness of a sceptre-staff or spear, and the angle indicates that it was raised in order that the object might be held vertically. A pose such as this suggests a standing or seated statue of a major male divinity or an Imperial personage, probably an Emperor.
Unrecorded (is one of a pair of hands from the same statue which presumably entered Soane's collection together: see Vermeule 396)
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