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Portrait Head of a Woman

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of marble.





About this artwork

This woman’s name is unknown, but her portrait indicates that she was likely a member of the imperial family. She wears a tall ornamental headband, typically reserved for goddesses and imperial women. Her elaborate hairstyle, with distinct locks woven around the headband, would have required the services of a skilled hairdresser. Moreover, the use of costly marble reflects her family’s wealth, while her commemoration with a finely carved portrait indicates that she was of elevated social standing.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Portrait Head of a Woman


Italy (Object made in)

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117 CE–130 CE




34.3 × 26.7 × 26 cm (13 1/2 × 10 1/2 × 10 1/4 in.)

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

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