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Genius of the Senate

  • Genius of the Senate. National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida © Ministerio de Cultura

    Genius of the Senate. National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Sculpture

Date

126-175 (2nd century A.D.)

Cultural background

Roman

Original title

Genio del Senado
National Museum of Roman Art
Mérida
Badajoz, Extremadura
Badajoz

This statuette is considered to be a representation of the Genius of the Roman Senate, due to its similarity with other images stamped on coins and reliefs. It was found in the temple of Diana in Mérida.

It is made of brass and represents an old bearded man wearing a toga and tunic. In his left hand he may have been holding a book and his right hand was probably pointing. His hair is held back with a type of hairband or 'taenia', a common feature in depictions of this figure.

It may have once stood on the walls of the temple of Diana, and is thought by archaeologists to be related with the temple’s dedication to the cult of the empire.

 

Details of the work

Origin/Provenance
Roman Temple to Diana

Object
Statue

Dimensions
Height = 55 cm; Maximum width = 24 cm

Technique
Cast

Material
Bronze

  

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