The Phrygian cap, worn by the figure here portrayed, is a soft, fabric made conical cap with its top end pulled forward and it was associated with populations based in Eastern Europe and the Near East – Anatolia, Phrygia, and Dacia. In Ancient Roman culture, the Phrygian cap became associated with several other non-Roman-speaking peoples, “barbarians” in the classical sense, as they were not able to speak the Roman idiom, suggesting that this figure is meant to represent a non-Roman or non-Greek individual.
Roman Bronze Statuette of a Barbarian Prisoner
An interesting Ancient Roman bronze statuette depicting a seated male figure, shown with his hands tied together. The figure can possibly represent a Barbarian prisoner of war, depicted here wearing a Phrygian cap. The statuette has been pierced in antiquity for suspension.
Condition: Complete and intact, with signs of aging and earthly encrustations to the surface. The bronze displays a nice green patina.