A barbarian woman prisoner, so-called Thusnelda
Marble.
Early II century CE, with heavy modern restorations.
Florence, Loggia of Lanzi Photo by Egisto Sani

A barbarian woman prisoner, so-called Thusnelda.

Marble.
Early II century CE, with heavy modern restorations.

Florence, Loggia of Lanzi

Description:
A beautiful barbarian Prisoner. Roman sculpture from the era of Trajan—Hadrian.

This statue is supposed to represent “Thusnelda,” the wife of Arminius, the commander-in-chief of the Cheruscan army and the victor against Quintilius Varus’ legions at Teutoburg Forest.

This identification is obviously wrong. The so-called Thusnelda is the personification of some other conquered people (probably Germania or Dacia), inspired by some statue of the school of Pergamon. As the Dacian prisoners of the Constantine Arch, this sculpture was probably inserted in a triumphal monument.

Credits:
(cc) 2012. Photo, text: Egisto Sani (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).
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