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Classical Sculpture

Catalogue of the Cypriot, Greek, and Roman Stone Sculpture in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

By Irene Bald Romano

Publication Year: 2006

This first complete published catalogue of one of the most important classical sculpture collections in the United States includes 154 works from Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Asia Minor, North Africa, Roman Syria and Palestine, Egypt, and Babylonia, ranging in date from the late seventh century B.C. to the fourth century A.D.

Each piece receives a complete description with measurements and report of condition, a list of the previous published sources, and a commentary reflecting the most recent scholarship, along with extensive photographic documentation. Various audiences will appreciate the accessibility of the scholarship presented here—students may engage in further study on some of topics raised by individual pieces or groups of sculptures, and the scholarly community will welcome a work that provides an up-to-date and comprehensive examination of a significant classical sculpture collection in one of the world's great archaeology museums.

Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press

Title page, Copyright

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Table of Contents

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pp. vi-vii

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Preface, Acknowledgments

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pp. viii-xii

This is the first complete published catalogue of the Classical sculpture collection in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (UPM). In 1921, S. B. Luce published a Catalogue of the Mediterranean Section, The University Museum with brief descriptions, but no illustrations, of the key pieces in the existing collection, ...

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CATALOGUE. Cypriot Sculpture (1-16): Ohnefalsch-Richter Collection (1–7)

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pp. 1-19

In the early 1890s the UPM purchased 204 Cypriot artifacts from the German antiquarian, Max Ohnefalsch-Richter (1850–1917). Ohnefalsch-Richterbegan his career in Cyprus as a journalist, but quickly became entranced with the rich archaeological world of the island and stayed for 12 years (1878 to 1890), ...

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Greek Sculpture (17–43). Attic Grave Monuments (17–23)

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pp. 20-72

CONDITION: Broken across neck and above the foot, preserving the body of the vessel. Major chips missing from the lower neck. Surface scratches and nicks, especially on the head of the bearded male and lower bodies of bearded male and female. Surface worn, especially on the younger female. ...

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Sculpture from the Sanctuary of Diana Nemorensis, Lake Nemi (44–82)

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pp. 73-161

The corpus of 39 stone sculptures from the Sanctuary of Diana Nemorensis on Lake Nemi, Italy, in the University of Pennsylvania Museum comprises the large stand most significant sculptural collection in the Mediterranean Section. Purchased by the UPM in 1896 from dealers in Italy through Arthur Frothingham and with ...

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Sculpture from Colonia Minturnae (83–90)

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pp. 162-184

he eight marble heads from Colonia Minturnae constitute the only major collection of stone sculpture in the Mediterranean Section which was systematically excavated by the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Colonia Minturnae was excavated in three campaigns from 1931 to 1933 by the UPM (in ...

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Sculpture from Teanum Sidicinum (91–92)

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pp. 185-188

Teanum Sidicinum was an important and large ancient town located in a strategic position at the northern border of Campania on the Via Latina (Strabo5.3.9). Originally the capital of an Oscan tribe of the Sidicini, the town came under Roman control in 334 BC and became a Roman colony in the 1st c. AD (Johan-...

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Sculpture from Nysa Scythopolis (93–101)

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pp. 189-202

Beth Shean/Beisan in ancient Palestine, known as Nysa Scythopolisor Scythopolis in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, is a city on the southern bank of the river Nahal Harod (Jal

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Other Roman Sculpture (102–124)

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pp. 203-262

CONDITION: Well preserved from the top of the head to the bottom of the neck which is prepared for setting into a statue. Crown of head broken off. Large fragments missing from the chignon and lock above forehead on left side. Smaller fragments missing from right ear and nose. Chips on ...

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Reliefs (121–124)

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pp. 250-270

CONDITION: Mended from six fragments preserving most of the left side and bottom of the stele. Missing the lower left corner, fragments from the bottom edge, the entire top edge, most of the right side. Excellent surface preservation. ...

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Uncertain Works or Forgeries (125–129)

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pp. 271-279

CONDITION: Complete. Missing left index finger and end of attribute in left hand. Section of left top of head is repaired (not an ancient repair). Nose is chipped. Head broken off at the base of the neck in 1967 and reattached to body with a dowel in 1978. Conservation reports in 1978 indicate that there was evidence that the head had been previously ...

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Palmyrene and Graeco-Parthian Sculpture (130–154)

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pp. 280-303

Decorative limestone sculptures depicting men and highly adorned women of a wealthy merchant class from the caravan city of Palmyra in northern Syria have held the interest of western collectors since the 19th century, and many examples are scattered in many museum collections ...

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Graeco-Parthian Sculpture (148–154)

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pp. 304-311

CONDITION: Single fragment preserving head from top of crown to bottom of chin. Surface chips from top and top front edge of crown and right side of head. Much worn. DESCRIPTION: Frontal female head wearing a tall crown with vertical depressions to right and left of center and a raised arch in the front. The hair is parted slightly off-center


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pp. 312-324


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p. 325-325


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pp. 326-331

About the Author

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p. 332-332

E-ISBN-13: 9781934536292
Print-ISBN-13: 9781931707848

Page Count: 332
Publication Year: 2006