This Roman relief is made after a 3rd century original. Nowadays it is part of the collection of the Landesmuseum in Trier.
The relief depicts a lady of the Roman aristocracy. She sits in a reed chair and is surrounded by slaves. The slaves groom her and hand her a mirror in which she can see her haircut. Another slave hands her an amphora, that presumably contains wine.
This relief symbolizes the domestic life of a rich Roman lady. The Roman writer Plinius condemned this vanity and called it a waste. However, the wife represented the status and wealth of her husband and her family. Although she was subservient to her husband, she played an important role in both managing the household in daily life and representing her family.
This relief measures 45 x 35 cm. It can be hung to the wall or stand by itself. Originally, reliefs like this were often polychrome.Product details:
Mounting: wall mount;
Material: gypsum alabaster;
Suitable for outside use: Yes;
Suitable for painting: Yes;
Based on a historic original: Yes;
Transport weight: 4000 *
This item is produced in limited quantities only. This means that every piece is unique. Sizes & finish may vary lightly from piece to piece.