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Female bust with mantle

  • Female bust with mantle. Úbeda Archeological Museum. Jaén © Ministerio de Cultura

    Female bust with mantle. Úbeda Archeological Museum. Jaén © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Sculpture

Date

1-25

Cultural background

Romanesque

Original title

Busto femenino con manto
Úbeda Archeological Museum
Úbeda
Jaén, Andalusia
Jaén

This is a type of Roman icon known as 'pudicitia', connected with funerals as the personification of female modesty and chastity.

The item is thought to have been part of the Stalacci funerary monuments (Úbeda la Vieja). The sculpture is roughly made and represents a woman whose head is covered with a mantle. The headdress is completely plain, with a loop or maybe an ornament in the centre. Under the eyelids she has prominent eyes with perforated pupils, giving strength and expressiveness to the figure. The nose is missing and the closed mouth is twisted in a bitter smile which, together with the eyes, defines her facial expression.

Details of the work

Origin
Cortijo de Doña Aldonza, Úbeda, Jaén

Object
Bust

Dimensions
Height = 68 cm; Thickness = 51 cm; Maximum width = 32 cm.

Technique
Sculpted

Material
Off-white limestone

  

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