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Roman, 2nd century AD

Right forearm of a life-size bronze statue. The thumb is stretched like the little finger. Index finger, middle finger and ring finger are slightly bent. This provides for a playful, lovely movement of the fingers which reminds of the finger arrangement of Venus statuettes (cp. Venus of Arles). It is therefore obvious that it is the forearm of a female bronze statue. Fingers, fingernails, hand, posture and forearm are anatomically correct and also match in their relation towards each other. Thick hollow casting, traces are conserved in the possibly bent crook of the arm which may come from a coat seam.

The square hole is clearly visible, which may come from a spacer. The separate arm was integrated in a jamin statue. A majority of the antique bronze statues may have been melted down in Late Antiquity or in the Middle Ages. The bronze figure of the Capitoline Wolf was considered for a long time to be Etruscan; however, based on more recent findings, it comes only from medieval times. Many Roman sculptures are considered to be copies of Greek exemplars – a suspicion which however does not exist for the bronzes from Volubilis. These are commonly dated to the 2nd/3rd century AD.


LENGTH: 34 cm


Private collection Austria

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