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Saturn (Kronos)

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The seated Saturn wore his himation as a veil, part falling or being brought across the lap. Saturn, a god of harvests, carries a sickle, and the sickle in the right hand confirms the identification of this statue. Cults of Saturn were popular in the rich agricultural communities of North...

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Provenance

By about 1956: said to have come from Cuicul (Jamîla) in Algeria about 1956 via Paris art market; by about 1957: Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Rowland, Jr. Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Rowland, Jr. to MFA, December 27, 1965

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Rowland, Jr.

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 190–211

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 367; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 42 cm (16 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.1727

Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Filfila, northeastern Algeria

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture