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Thoracatus Torso

  • Thoracator. Majorca Museum. Palma © Ministerio de Cultura

    Thoracator. Majorca Museum. Palma © Ministerio de Cultura





1st century AD

Cultural background


Original title

Majorca Museum
Majorca, Balearic Islands

This piece, dated to the 1st century AD, is a splendid example of plastic art from the period.

The figure is a “Thoracatus” (torso with cuirass) in high-ranking military dress, conserving the complete torso with no head, arms or legs. The cuirass has a Gorgon or Medusa relief, below which are two griffins (a mythological creature that is half eagle, half lion) being attacked by Arimaspi (a mythological one-eyed people who fought griffins).

It is made of white marble with occasional grey veins. The loss of the arms and legs was due breakage while the head was a separate piece. It was found on the “Can Mostel” estate, along with the sculptures of a matron and a robed figure. It is normally on exhibit in the section of the museum dedicated to the Pollentia archaeological site in Alcúdia.

Details of the work

Can Mostel


Height = 127 cm; Width = 55 cm; Depth = 40 cm

White marble


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