This decorative 20th century composition stone statue of a Roman soldier stands roughly 3 feet tall. The figure in this statue was quite possibly a Praetorian Guard, which were the bodyguards of generals and sometimes emperors. Based on the crest depicted in his helmet, this Roman was most likely a Centurion, or commanding officer, of his unit. Romans who were chosen for the Guard were typically the best soldiers, as safeguarding generals and emperors was considered a very important duty.
The details of the statue are quite impressive: notice the multi-layered attire of the Guard.The first layer of clothing is a pteruge, which was a skirt of leather or fabric that protected the upper legs. On top of this skirt was a shirt-like piece of armor, known as lorica squamata, that is visible around the waist. The armor is in turn covered by a chiton, which was a tunic that fastened at the shoulder. The last item of clothing on the torso is a cape that drapes off one shoulder. The Guard is also wearing a set of greaves that many soldiers wore to protect their lower legs. The soldier’s left hand is resting atop his shield, which displays the Gorgon Medusa.
This great looking statue was cast from a highly detailed and well-proportioned carving. It has a nicely weathered patina, and can be placed on a console table or atop a pedestal to give it more height. Of course, it can also be placed outdoors as an accent piece.
CONDITION: Good condition with minor nicks, surface buildup commensurate with use.
H - 35 1/2, W - 13 1/4, D - 9 3/4
Composition Stone Statue of a Roman Soldier, 1900’s
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