Female portrait statue from Herculaneum, so-called Large Herculaneum Woman
These three statues are named after the site of their discovery, the town of Herculaneum, which was buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. Wearing a thin undergarment ( chiton ) and abundant drapery, the ‘Large Herculaneum Woman’ stands in a calm and relaxed pose, her head tilting forward as if pausing in a conversation. The statue conforms to a statuary type that was highly popular from Hellenistic times onwards and whose precedent probably represented a noble citizen of a Greek polis.
- Material & Technique
- Mid-1st cent. CE, after an original, c. 330/20 BCE
- Inventory number
- Hm 326