THE FOURMIGUE C SHIPWRECK

Salomon Reinach said that "the sea is the most immense museum in the world." Actually, beginning in the nineteenth century, the bottoms of the sea, of rivers and lakes, have surrendered numerous masterpieces of ancient sculpture, such as the Ephebe of Agde, to fishermen and divers.

At the beginning of the first century BC, a Roman ship capsized near the Gulf of Juan, not far from the turret of La Fourmigue. It transported a magnificent cargo of pieces of furniture.

Several of the pieces that were raised belong to bronze beds that were decorated with finely carved sculptures.



Bronze piece from the arm rest of a "fulcrum" bed, a medallion with a bust of Silenus and head of a mule.




Bronze piece from the arm rest of a "fulcrum" bed, a medallion with a bust of Artemis and the bust of a horse



Detail of the foot of a bed (assembled for exhibition)

All these precious objects were probably commissioned to a Greek workshop (the assembly numbers are in Greek) by a wealthy Roman living in the provinces.



Head of Silenus. Bronze, appliqué of a large bronze vase.
Magnificent workmanship in the Hellenistic style of the first century BC.

Excavation : Bernard Liou (DRASSM)

Photos : Archeological Museum Nice-Cimiez