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Portrait Head of a Young Woman

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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About this artwork

This elegant portrait is the intentional likeness of a young woman in her early twenties who had a delicate brow, high cheekbones, wide-set eyes, a bow-shaped mouth, and a prominent chin. Her long tresses are arranged in an elaborate hairstyle, fashionable at different times during the imperial period, in which the hair was parted in the center, combed in waves over the forehead, and plaited into braids that were artfully wrapped around the head like a turban. Broken off at the neck, it was once part of a larger statue.


On View, Gallery 154


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Portrait Head of a Young Woman


Roman Empire (Object made in)

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130 CE–140 CE




22 × 18 × 20.6 cm (8 7/8 × 7 × 8 in.)

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Edward E. Ayer Endowment in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson

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