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Head of Vulcan


© J.-F. Peiré
© J.-F. Peiré
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 Toulouse, in the center of the collection of marble sculptures discovered on the site of the Roman villa of Chiragan.

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, a torrential storm devastated the region of Martres-Tolosane (Haute-Garonne). Lasting for hours, the storm mixed the sky, land, and the Garrone together in a massive chaos. While the waters subsided and the landscape returned to normal, countless marble busts and statues appeared on a ravaged field stupefying the men who had been struck by this storm. 
Among them, this bust of Vulcan, such a divine treasure, was taken from the ground and its forgotten state on May 23, 1826 to experience a destiny as fabulous as its incredible excavation.

During the following excavations, Alexandre Du Mège, then inspector of antiquities and secretary of the Direction of the Musée de Toulouse, recorded in his journal :
“I’m writing in the middle of the field, under the burning sun, but every quarter of an hour, I see a god, a goddess, or an emperor emerging from the ground.”
Thus began the excavation of the fantastic collection from Chiragan which is renown in the Musée Saint-Raymond today.


 
Head of Vulcan from a medallion
Chiragan. Excavation of 1826.
Inv. Ra 34 d (ex 30503)
Late third century.

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