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The collections

Jupiter’s Eagle returns to the country !

More than a century after its discovery in 1902 in Avignonet, the limestone statue of the king of the gods accompanied by his symbol, the royal eagle, will return to its original region after a long stay in the United States. The Musée Saint-Raymond, Antiquity Museum of Toulouse, recently acquired...

The reserve collection

Despite the museum’s renovation between 1994 and 1999 and the extension of the exposition area, it was not possible to display all of the museum’s collections to the public. For this reason, even today a large number of the collections are in storage. During the themed temporary expositions, these...

Tolosa in Narbonensis

Pre-Roman Toulouse The populating of Toulouse’s plain is witnessed during protohistoric period. This period, also called the Metal Age, spans from 2300 to 50 years before the Common Era (BCE). The end of this period is marked in Western Europe by development of the Celtic culture. The authors of...

The Roman villa of Chiragan

All of the works on the second floor come from Martre-Tolosane, a village situated about sixty kilometers southwest of Toulouse. They were discovered in a hamlet called Chirgan, at the site of a large Roman villa located along the Garonne and the road leading to Tolosa. The Buildings Above all,...

Necropolis

A necropolis from Late Antiquity In the basement of the museum, the visitor enters one of the necropolises of Toulouse. This one, to the north of the city, was considerably developed beginning with the burial of the body of Saturninus, Toulouse’s first bishop martyred in 250 CE. Between 1994 and...

Herma

In ancient Greece, a herma is a head at the top of plain squared section used to mark the meeting of the roads and the bounderies of land. They were the object of popular worship. In the Roman world, double-heads "hermai" depend on the decoration of elegants houses, particularly in their garden.

The Discobolus

This fragmentary sculpture is a copy from the Roman period of one of the most well-known statues in the history of Greek art: the Discobolus, meaning the disk thrower. The original Greek bronze sculpture was designed in the fifth century BCE by one of the greatest sculptures of all times: Myron....

Bronzes

The first statuette shows a young man performing a libation, a liquid offering to a divinity. With the head representing exactly one-seventh of the total height, this figurine respects the aspect ratio codified by the bronze-smelter Polykleitos in fifth century BCE. Everything in this character...

Mosaics

Collection of mosaics discovered in the nineteenth century in Saint-Rustice (Haute-Garonne). Fourth or fifth century. Inv.  Ra20c – Ra 20b – D.70.1.1. This collection of mosaics comes from a Roman villa, an estate that included a sumptuous residential area. The only known part of the...

Octavius

This head is one of the two most ancient portraits of Octavius, grand-nephew and heir of Julius Cesar. Octavius will be at the origin of the transformation of the old Roman Republic into an imperial regime. He will thus change his name to Augustus which was formerly just an epithet. This...

Spoon Handle

This very rare ivory object is a utensil handle for which the functional part disappeared. It has a rich and complex decoration that is difficult to perceive with the naked eye. At the point, a centaur plays the lyre seated on a rock at the base of a tripod. Each foot of the seat forms a fluted...

The Statuary Group from Beziers

In April 1844, in the heart of the City of Beziers in the Hérault department, Mr. Gasc’s house, situated in the area of the city’s ancient forum, is the theater of an exceptional archeological discovery. Ten marble heads were excavated in a few days. The happy owner refuses buying offers from...

Altar

This monument is an altar. It was used for sacrificial offerings to a divinity during which the offerings where placed here and then burned. A garland of fruits and ears of wheat is supported by two ribbons decorating each side of the alter and is linked at the angles with faces. On one side of...

Wood Bucket

Discovered in a well at the site of Vieille-Toulouse (Haute-Garonne), this bucket was unquestionably a luxury object. It is made up of eight strips of yew of unequal lengths, supported by five strips of bronze sheet, alternately smooth and decorated. The decorations depict a typical, sparingly...

The Grand Temple in la place Esquirol

Excavations carried out under la place Esquirol (a public square in Toulouse) led to the unearthing of a section  of a large temple of imposing dimensions that was constructed in the first century CE (no later than the 80s) and was used until the end of the fourth century. It is located in...

Celtic Jewelry

This magnificent set of gold work dating back to the end of the third century   was discovered in the nineteenth century near Toulouse. The Celtic necklaces are called toques because the metal snap ring is composed of twisted wires. Produced in large quantities in Western Europe beginning...

Coins

During Roman times, the coin was an object of everyday life as it is today. People of all social categories came in contact with it. In addition to their economic function, coins are propaganda tools at the current regime’s disposal. Each new emperor had coins fabricated in his name upon his...

Marcus Aurelius

Adopted by Antoninus at Hadrien’s request, Marcus Aurelius will rule conjointly with Lucius Verus until the death of the latter in 169. Marcus Aurelius is in love with philosophy. His sensibility orients him toward stoicism, a method of thinking with a responsible or altruistic attitude. In the...

Augustus

This portrait of Augustus is also that of the first emperor in the history of Rome, heir and grand-nephew of Julius Cesar. Until the end of his reign, Augustus will be represented under this same image. In the last years of his life when he is over seventy-years-old, he will still appear as a man...

Minerva

Myron, the celebrated Greek sculptor of the fifth century BCE, chose to depict an episode in the history of Athena (Minerva to the Romans, goddess of wisdom, war, and artisanal craft and protector of Athens) and Marsyas, a satyr. The goddess invented the double flute, created with reeds. While...

Bacchus

This statuette represents the young god Bacchus, Dionysus to the Greeks. Its inspiration is taken from the style of Praxiteles, a celebrated Greek sculptor from the fourth century BCE. The long hair is pulled back over the forehead with a mitra, a strip of fabric which acted as a tiara and...

Venus from Martres-Toulouse

The Aphrodite from Knidos was created by the Greek sculptor Praxiteles, who lived during the fourth century BCE. This statue experienced a considerable success throughout Antiquity. Instead of being made of bronze, she was chiseled in marble from Paros island in the Aegean Sea. Nicias, a famous...

Maximian

This portrait represents Maximian Herculius. His striking features portray his power: the head which becomes narrow at the top, small eyes with a piercing look under heavy eyelids, protruding cheek bones, hollow cheeks, a strong lower jaw, and a very thick neck. This physique is close to that of...

Hercules and Geryon

The series of the Labors of Hercules is a unique ensemble that is a work from the same workshop where sculptors worked according to common principles from Asia Minor that were diffused in the West. The challenge that Geryon presents to Hercules leads us to the South of the Iberian Peninsula, in...

Hygieia and Aesculapius

The representation of a character on a circular support resembling a shield was highly valued during Roman times. Numerous medallions decorated the villa of Chiragan, generally depicting divinities from the Greco-Roman or oriental pantheon. The couple consists of depictions of Hygieia, who...

Unknown

The modernity of the volumes of this exceptional bust has always won attention. This portrait’s hairstyle does not have a known equivalent. The very long hair is gathered at the nape of the neck covering the temples and ears. Nearly all of the hair is enclosed in a veil that was probably thick...

Septimius Severus

The century of the Antonain dynasty ends in 192 with the assassination of Emperor Commodus.   After the short reigns of Pertinax and Didius Julianus, Septimius Severus inaugurates a new dynasty. Originally from Leptis Magna in Roman Africa, he will especially favor this city, considerably...

Young woman

This high-quality bust is very delicate. It belongs to a series of private effigies that can be located during the reign of Emperor Hadrian. The soft eyes allow us to date this work before 130. Incision of the iris and the pupil does not appear before this date. The hairstyle is equally typical of...

Head of Vulcan

The god of fire and forges, Vulcan wears a large workman’s hat. His expression is striking, enhanced by an almost excessive mass of beard and hair with deep hollows among the clumps of hair sculpted with a trepan. This bust of Vulcan is displayed in Musée Saint-Raymond, Antiquities Museum of...

The Rape of Persephone

Relief of the Rape of Persephone Original kept at the Musée Saint-Raymond, Antiquities Museum of Toulouse Neo-Attic style; Early Roman Empire This work is a white marble sculpture that measures 43 to 46 centimeters with a thickness of four and half centimeters. Discovered at Martre-Tolosane...

Sarcophagus

This front of a sarcophagus basin, discovered in the nineteenth century decorating the wall of a house in this neighborhood, probably originates from the necropolis in Saint-Sernin. The sculpted characters are the oldest known images of Christians in Toulouse. The sequencing of scenes comes from a...

Sarcophagus

This small sarcophagus of a child, said to be Saint Clair’s, is decorated with depictions based on the theme of the soul’s salvation. On the small left side, Adam and Eve commit the original sin. In Paradise, acting under the injunction of the devil appearing as a snake, Eve picks an apple, the...

Sarcophagus

This famous sarcophagus was reused during the Middle Ages in the cloister of Saint-Sernin. The cover and the basin may not have been together during Antiquity. The vegetal motifs, particularly the vine tendrils, are reminiscent of many mosaics covering the villa’s floors during the same period. The...

Sarcophagus

This large sarcophagus’s basin was reused during the construction of the old church Saint-Michel-du-Touch, north of Toulouse. The lid served as a lintel for the door opening up to the cemetery of the Counts of Toulouse, established in the center of the conventual complex in Daurade. On the basin,...

Cassia Maxima’s Funerary Urn

During Roman times, the treatment of the body could be carried out in diverse ways. Incineration was favored by the majority. The body was burned under a pyre, and the deceased’s ashes were collected in an urn which could have been made of terra cotta, stone, or glass. The urn would include a...