Portrait Head of a Woman

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of marble.

Date:

AD 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.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 152

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Portrait Head of a Woman

Origin

Italy

Date

117 AD–130 AD

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

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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