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Portrait Head of a Woman

A work made of marble.
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  • A work made of marble.

Date:

117-30

Artist:

Roman

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 152

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Portrait Head of a Woman

Origin

Italy

Date

117 CE–130 CE

Medium

Marble

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

1962.926

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