This impressive and #exquisite arm was once part of a larger than life size figure made of bronze with overall gilding. This fact immediately suggests the representation of a god or a person of power or high social status and wealth. Several opportunities for its iconography and composition could be explored, however we believe it to be the arm of a grand #equestrian fifire holding a short sword, reins or curved wand (lituus), considering the relatively lightweight and presumably diagonal position of the object.
The half figure of #Augustus, the survived part of the bronze equestrian statue at the #nationalmuseumathens , has one hand (left) with a similar gesture and gracefully extended fingers, for which a short sword has been suggested. The official iconography of the #romanemperor as the supreme priest ( #pontifexmaximus) includes the augur’s staff (curved wand, lituus) in the right hand; such a small attribute is not always survived in large statues, but it is represented in the historical reliefs on cameos ( #gemmaaugustea , Vienna, #kunsthistorischesmuseum ; #Grandcameedefrance and Cameo of apothéoses of #Claudius, both Paris, #biliothèquenationale ): they represent the deified persons, half-naked as gods and omitting the usual priest’s veil, but holding the lituus.
The arm is bent at the elbow and is somewhat raised; the muscles are articulated but not exaggerated; the absence of the strong and developed #musculature, especially in its upper part, may suggest an older age of the represented person. The fingers have typical narrow distal #phalanxes and rather small nails, which are naturalistically rendered; on the palm between the fi ngers there are remains of lead which indicate the connection to an attribute, in our theory, a short sword, reins, or #littus. The index and middle finger did not touch the object and the thumb was not pressed against it, only the little and ring fingers are curled which brings us to the conclusion that the object was not heavy, which is also observed in the fact that the muscles of the arm are not strained.
The arm is hollow and was cast separately of the rest of the #statue in the #lostwax model technique #antiquities
After almost a month of waiting, my statue of Our Lady of Pontmain arrived from France!
I’ve wanted a statue of her since I was little and I finally found one online. She’s a little chippy but perfect in my eyes. Can’t wait to start praying with her!
Our Lady of Pontmain, pray for us!