Roman Marble Portrait Head of a Woman

Roman Marble Portrait Head of a Woman

An ancient Roman marble portrait bust of a woman. The oval face is framed by a voluminous, shoulder-length coiffure, styled in even waves loose around the ears and formed into two plaits which were loosely coiled to form a flat spiral at the nape of the neck.

Ca. early 3rd century AD.
Height: 13 1/2 in. (33 cm).

This hairstyle of the individual is typical of the Severan period. The coiffures of the empresses Julia Domna and Plautilla served as models.

Cf. Fittschen-Zanker 1983, no. 144, pls. 171-172.

Formerly in a New York private collection; previously in a Swiss private collection, acquired between 1960-1980.

Inv#: 7402

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