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Roman Standard
© Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2015

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Roman Standard 2005

On Display Modern One

As Emin has stated, this work for her “represents strength but also femininity. Most public sculptures are a symbol of power which I find oppressive and dark. I wanted something that had a magic and alchemy, something which would appear and disappear and not dominate.” In comparison to her explicit monoprints or appliqué blankets, for which she is better known, ‘Roman Standard’ is a quiet, contemplative work. A small bird, cast in bronze, perches on top of a thirteen-foot-tall pole. The title refers to the ancient Roman tradition of carrying standards into battle. The work can, however, be seen as a different form of self-portrait: the bird is small and vulnerable, but at the same time, like the traditional Roman standards, is visible from a distance and commands attention.

Glossary Open


A means of decorating textiles by cutting a design from one fabric and applying it to another.


The production of a sculpture by use of a mould to make a copy, usually in a more durable material, of the original work. The term is used to describe both the process and the resulting object.


A print made as a single and unique work of art by any printing technique.

Appliqué, Cast, Monoprint


  • Acc. No. GMA 5010
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size 10.20 x 17.20 cm (pole height: 400.00 cm)
  • Credit Presented by the artist 2008