- Museum number
Fragment of marble female figure; right hand holding syrinx; re-assembled from fragments.
- Production date
- AD 120 - 160
Length: 16 centimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
- Cook 2011, nr. 282:
Fragment of a statue: a right hand holding part of an aulos. This seems to be the ‘hand holding a flute’ that Bellotti told Hamilton he had found at Fontana Massarola (letter from Hamilton dated 18 November 1791, TY 7/666).
Bought from Bellotti through Byres on 3 April 1788. Byres acted as Townley’s agent in the purchase of two marble hands from Belotti and also supplied a portrait of Antoninus Pius. On 9 February 1788, Byres wrote to Townley ‘I have seen Sigr Bellotti several times and am in treaty about the hands, which I do not despair of getting for you’ (TY 7/695), and a bill dated 23 August includes an entry on 3 April for ‘Two antique hands’ at 25 Scudi for the pair (TY 7/697).
It is not mentioned in any of the parlour catalogues, but was recorded in Combe’s Supplementary List (TY 18/4, street drawing room 5).
- Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum (1808), X.61;
- A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Vol. III (London 1904), 212, no. 2103.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number