24 June 2012

Argentarius



This roman statue purports to be a memorial of Agatus, a silversmith. The inscription says, I think,
"Faber argentarius"- argentum being silver. Its interesting because he's in the middle of chasing or perhaps engraving a silver cup. The hammer has busted off- its a very finely observed sculpture, the way the hand is holding the chisel (or whatever) and steadying the cup at once, is strikingly natural, as is the likeness of the face. To afford such a thing as this, I suppose that this Agatus fellow was a wealthy silversmith?...fancy that!

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