Grave Portrait of Woman with the attributes of Fortuna


About this object

Portrait statue of a woman with attributes of Fortuna.
The woman sits on a throne in a majestic pose, her body twisted a little to the left, and with both feet resting on a low stool. She wears a chiton, mantle and sandals, and in her hair a diadem and a fillet. In her left hand she holds a cornucopia and in her right a rudder resting on a globe. The drapery is intricately rendered, particularly around her feet. The female represented has divine status and the statue probably functioned as a grave portrait. There is damage to the tip of the nose, top of diadem, left foot, and in places to drapery. Most of the cornucopia is restored, along with part of the back of the throne, left arm, right arm and handle of rudder.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    147 AD - 148 AD
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    740 mm x 422 mm x 450 mm
  • Note
    In Blundell's Account identified as Fortuna Navalis because of the rudder and the cornucopia and interpreted as the Goddess of commerce, plenty and the riches.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell (Collector, previous owner); Antonio Borrioni (Previous owner); John Thorpe (Previous owner); Joseph William Col Sir Weld (Previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Joseph William Col Sir Weld

    Owned from: 1958
    How acquired: By descent
    Owned until: 1959
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Blundell

    Owned from: 1777
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • John Thorpe

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1777
    Disposal method: Sold
  • Antonio Borrioni

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1756
    Disposal method: Sold
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