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.
- Ancient Roman
- Portrait Head of a Woman
- 117 CE–130 CE
- 34.3 × 26.7 × 26 cm (13 1/2 × 10 1/2 × 10 1/4 in.)
- Edward E. Ayer Endowment in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson