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Zenobia in Chains

Artist
Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, American, 1830–1908
Date
c.1859
Material
Marble
Classification
Sculpture
Current Location
On View, Gallery 336
Dimensions
44 1/4 x 14 x 18 in. (112.4 x 35.6 x 45.7 cm)
Credit Line
American Art Purchase Fund
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
19:2008
NOTES
The dignity of this figure’s profile, the detail of her ancient dress, and the careful regularity of the drapery folds testify to sculptor Harriet Hosmer’s mastery of neoclassical style. Zenobia rose to power when her husband, ruler of Palmyra (in present-day Syria), died in 267. As queen, she conquered Egypt and reigned until 274 when Roman forces overpowered her armies and captured her. Hosmer shows Zenobia as she is led through Rome in golden chains as part of Emperor Aurelian’s triumphal procession.
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