Roman Marble Portrait of a Woman

Roman Marble Portrait of a Woman

An ancient Roman small, fine-grained marble portrait head of a woman in the style of the empress Julia Mamaea (AD 222-235), with heavy-lidded eyes and drilled pupils.

Severan period.
Ca. 2nd quarter of the 3rd century AD.
Height: 2 3/4 in. (7 cm).

This head, finished without the upper portion, belongs to a group of Roman female portraits with separately worked, detachable and replaceable hairstyles. These portraits may have been made this way so that they could follow the latest hair fashion. The small scale of this portrait suggests the head was displayed in a private setting.

Formerly in the collection of Dr. Wallace A. Russell, Tampa, Florida, acquired in the 1960's.

Inv#: 6820


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