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Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A finely carved, LIFE-SIZE marble torso of a figure donning a voluminous toga draped across the body with cascading folds, the left leg bent at the knee with a section of the calf revealed beneath the hemline. The togatus figure's left hand wears a ring on the fourth finger (perhaps a wedding ring) and grips a cluster of drapery folds, perhaps to make it easier to stride forward, while the right hand, which may have been shrouded by the toga, is positioned near the cowl and opposite end of the garment. The sculptor also took great care to depict the fingers of the hand in a lifelike manner, and the bent knee suggests that the sculptor depicted the figure in a contrapposto pose. This weight shift suggests the natural, organic movement of the human body. The Greeks invented this pose in the 5th century BCE as an alternative to the more static stances of earlier eras. By the 4th century BCE, Praxiteles and others mastered this expressive pose, and the Romans of course admired this ability to capture the human figure in a veristic fashion. Size: 12.875" L x 15.875" W x 53.5" H (32.7 cm x 40.3 cm x 135.9 cm); 76.5" H (194.3 cm) on included custom stand.
The wearing of the toga in Imperial Rome dates to the time of Emperor Augustus (reign 27 BCE to 14 CE), when he revived an ancient costume and made it required attire in the Forum. Hence, this figure's toga associates him with the public life of the Empire. A remarkable sculpture that likely once graced a public space to commemorate a notable figure.
Provenance: ex-Merrin Gallery, NYC, New York, 1980s to 1990s
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A very nice section from an even larger statue - missing head and lower legs/feet as shown. Losses to edges of toga pleats and other high-pointed areas such as that near the right hand, which may have been shrouded by the toga, and the knuckles on left hand. Ring on ring finger is intact (how nice)! Surface fissures and faults in stone visible from aging. Expected surface wear with abraded areas commensurate with age.