Statuette of a youthful woman seated frontally and on a throne, her left leg is extended and the right is retracted. Both arms were originally extended in front of her torso and probably held objects. Her head was originally more vertical and probably turned slightly to one side, but now leans forward. The drapery is carefully executed but is rather flat. She wears a sleeved chiton which clings to her body and an himation which runs from the left sleeve across her back and over her lap. The deep carving of the arms and the loop behind the right knee enhance the chiaroscuro effect of the statuette. The throne has a cushion with a fringed fabric. At her feet there are various objects and animals. On her left there is a long eared sow, his snout touches a canister like an object ( suggested to be a modius by Elizabeth Bartman ). At her right stands a small sentinel, like a bull, next to a cylindrical object, either an altar or a basket with a ram's head on top.
The seated figure was identified by Ashmole as Cybele because of the flat round object, the tympanun resting against the goddess' legs. Bartman notes that the figure is heavily idealised and could represent several different female deities. She proposes Ceres as another alternative to Cybele because Cybelle is normally accompanied by lions rather than domestic animals. If she is Ceres, then Bartman proposes that the two cylindrical objects would be grain measures or baskets but the flat round object would still be enigmatic. Bartman describes the statue as an ordinarily executed piece reproducing a cult statue. it was probably used as a votive statue in a sanctuary or was a religious object in a private home or tomb.
The statue is made of two ancient fragments from different statues the body and the female head. The nose and chin of the head have been restored, the neck as well as the upper part of veil from the shoulders, the left hand, forepart of right hand and of patera. The head of the bull is also a modern restoration. The back of the throne is smooth but is not detailed and the rough chiseling suggests that the statue may have been recut from an architectural block which had a moulding that was worked out.
Body of marble from Luna (central Italy). Head, of Parian marble, is antique but from another statue.