Contenuto in: Rivista di Archeologia vol. XLII - 2018
pp. 59-67, Tavv. 2
According to the savant Raffaello Fabretti two bases dedicated by Lucius Mummus (cos. 146 B.C.) in Trebula Mutuesca (Monteleone Sabino) were discovered in the second half of the 17th century with two ancient statues of «Greek heroes». In this paper I will suggest to identify them as cuirassed statues. Firstly, they were restored with portraits of Marcus Aurelius and Septimius Severus by their first owner, the Cardinal Gaspare di Carpegna. Then, the statue of Septimius was sold to an unknown English collector, and now it is lost. In 1902 the statue restored as Marcus was sold by Marcello Massarenti to Henry Walters, who left it to the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, where it is now displayed. This statue probably portrayed Caligula or Claudius wearing the hip mantle on a breastplate decorated with a mask of Oceanus and pendant Griffins.