The large marble statue of a reclining river god (or Oceanus), which is the centrepiece of the courtyard of the Palazzo Nuovo, is known as Marforio.
Originally located in the Forum, the sculpture was, for centuries, a Roman landmark. The name Marforio may be a corruption of mare in foro (the sea in the forum), the inscription that was engraved on the granite basin.
Marforio is one of the six statue parlante (talking statues) of Rome.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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