TITLE

The Mouth of Truth and the Forum Boarium: Oceanus, Hercules, and Hadrian

AUTHOR(S)
Barry, Fabio
PUB. DATE
March 2011
SOURCE
Art Bulletin;Mar2011, Vol. 93 Issue 1, p7
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) at the Santa Maria Cosmedin in Rome, Italy, particularly focusing on its possible origins as a representation of the deity Oceanus. It is noted that former interpretations of the statue have tried to identify it as either a representation of the Roman deities Jupiter Ammon, Faunus, Mercury, or other figures. The iconography typically associated with Oceanus and his role in ancient cosmogony are considered. Other ancient representations of Oceanus and the river god Acheloös are described. The possibility that the Bocca was originally utilized as a fountainhead is considered, though it is noted that it has too many holes to be a fountainhead.
ACCESSION #
59898629

 

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