8 June 2004
A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF HYGEIA
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
The goddess of health depicted standing with her weight on her left leg, her right leg relaxed and bent at the knee, wearing a short-sleeved chiton with buttons along the sleeves, her voluminous himation draped over her left shoulder, across her lower body and enveloping her bent left arm, a snake coiled around her right forearm, its head now missing, her left hand once holding a vessel from which the snake would feed
14½ in. (36.8 cm.) high
European Private Collection, early 1990s.
with Fortuna Fine Arts, New York, 2000 (Beloved By Time, no. 123).
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For the type see pls. 173-175, p. 49 in Bieber, Ancient Copies.
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