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Thoracatus Torso

  • Thoracator. Majorca Museum. Palma © Ministerio de Cultura

    Thoracator. Majorca Museum. Palma © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Sculpture

Date

1st century AD

Cultural background

Roman

Original title

Thoracator
Majorca Museum
Palma
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

Origin
Can Mostel

Object
Statue

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

Material
White marble

  

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