Marble Togatus of a Youth

Culture: Roman
Period: 2nd century A.D.
Material: Marble
Dimensions: 45 cm high
Price: 18 000 Euro
Ref: 3394
Provenance: Private collection Nice, France. Accompanied by a French antiquities passport.
Condition: Except for some wear especially on the pleats a fragment of beautiful quality.
Description: Life-size statue fragment of a youth who wears a tunic under the long, voluminous toga (“Togatus”). The toga runs across the belly and is thrown over the left shoulder, where the end is tucked over the gathered horizontal part. The youth wears a bulla hanging on two bands around his neck. The Romans adopted from the Etruscans the tradition to, right after birth, put around children a bulla, which enclosed an amulet in the cavity, to protect against spell, especially the evil eye. The young boys only took off the bulla when they put on their toga virilis. The Romans adopted from the Etruscans the tradition to, right after birth, put around children a bulla, which enclosed an amulet in the cavity, to protect against spell, especially the evil eye. The young boys only took the bulla off once they put their toga virilis on.