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Item Details
Public
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Culture
Greek
Title
Muse (Terpsichore)
Work Type
Sculpture
Date
late 4th-mid 2nd Century BC
Material
Marble, Paros 1
Measurements
39 x 11 1/2 in. (99.1 x 29.2 cm)
Description
The scale and style of this extraordinarily sensitive figure recall decorative sculpture found in grander private homes in Hellenistic Greece, such as the Houses of the Five Statues or of the Diadoumenos on Delos. Her identity is not certain. She shares much with goddesses such as Aphrodite (love), Artemis (hunting), and Themis (established law). However, an attribute made perhaps either of stone, wood, or ivory and now missing, was once dowelled into the top of the tree-stump at her left. This is likely to have been a lyre, identifying the figure as one of the nine Muses, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (memory). It may be Terpsichore, the Muse of Dance whose name means "she who rejoices in the dance". The softness of the facial features, whose elements flow into one another, was achieved by carving the head separately, to guarantee the very finest marble. This may also at times have enabled division of the carving between master craftsman (head) and workshop (body), but here, the delicacy of the right foot and the intimacy of the whole suggest otherwise.
Repository
Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University
Accession Number
2002.031.001A
Subject
Sculpture
Source
Carlos Collection of Ancient Art
Photographer: Bruce White
Published References
MCCM Newsletter, December 2002 - February 2003.
"Museum Aquisitions," Art Newspaper 135 (April 2003): 20.
MCCM Newsletter, September - October 2004.
Jasper Gaunt, "New Galleries of Greek & Roman Art at Emory University: The Michael C. Carlos Museum," Minerva 16 (January/February 2005): 13-17.
Jasper Gaunt, Veranda (March/April 2005): 124-25.
Susan Jaques, A Love for the Beautiful: Discovering America's Hidden Art Museums (Gulliford, Connecticut: Globe Pequot Press, 2012), 41.
Exhibition History
MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, September 2004 - Present
On View
Yes
Rights
© Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Bruce M. White, 2004.
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