Seated Goddess from Taras, upper torso

Seated Goddess from Taras, frontal view

Seated Goddess from Taras, detail of head from left

Seated Goddess from Taras, upper torso and head from 3/4 right

Seated Goddess from Taras, legs and throne from right

Seated Goddess from Taras, view from bacckk far left

Collection: Berlin, Antikenmuseen
Title: Seated Goddess from Tarentum
Findspot: Found at Taras
Summary: Goddess (Persephone?) seated in elaborate throne
Object Function: Cult?
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Free-standing statue
Category: Single monument
Style: Late Archaic
Technique: In-the-round
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 480 BC
Dimensions: H 1.51m, H of face 0.18 m, H of head and neck 0.33 m, H of base 0.06 m, Base 0.90 X 0.70 m, H of throne 1.245, W of throne 0.69 m
Scale: Over life-size
Region: Apulia
Period: Early Classical


Subject Description: The goddess sits on an impressive throne, resting her feet on a high footstool. She wears a himation draped diagonally across her chest, over a thin chiton, with long, buttoned sleeves. Her hair is arranged in braids that part from the center of her head, and cascade over each shoulder and down her back. A sakkos and stephane cover the top of her head. She holds both arms forward; as the hands are both missing, it is indeterminate what objects she may have held. Metal attachments would have decorated her stephane as well as her ears (a hole for an earring is present in her left ear).

Condition: Nearly complete

Condition Description: Preserved mainly in one large piece, with a number of joining fragments. Missing: surface from the right side of the face, both hands, toes of left foot, proper right corner of back of throne as well as left forward corner, much of legs and part of footrest.

Material Description: Parian marble (Blümel

Collection History: According to Zancani-Montuoro, this piece was found by workmen in Tarentum (ancient Taras) where the Via Principe Amedeo crosses the Via Leonida. It came onto the market in Paris in 1914 and was acquired in 1915 by the Berlin Museum. In 1925 eight additional fragments belonging to the throne were acquired from the same dealer.

Sources Used: Kunze 1992, 99-201, no. 20 (ill.); Blümel 1964, no.21; Zancani-Montuoro 1931, 159ff.