Fragmentary Female Torso


About this object

Lower half of female torso, naked with a soft belly and pronounced hips. The woman is posed in the pudica mode: her left arm would descend and cross the body; it would attach to the left hip but rest on the right thigh. The breakage on the right thigh suggests that this would be the point where the splayed fingers of the hand would rest. The pubis would have therefore been shielded by the lower arm or wrist. On her left there are still visible the remnants of the support, the strut that would have been visible on the left thigh. Above the support there are remnants of the attached drapery, the folds suggested by a drilled channel. The pose of the woman follows the typology of the Venus Capitoline or the Medici one. This type of Venus both erotic and beautiful were extremely popular in Roman times. The statues would have therefore been appropriate for both public and private contexts.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    450 mm x 270 mm
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell (Collector, 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: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1959
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Henry Blundell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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