Roman Marble Figure of an Empress
An ancient Roman marble statue of an empress portrayed as a goddess, probably Faustina Minor. The empress is standing in a relaxed pose, with her left knee slightly bent and weight on her right leg. She is dressed in the stola and palla worn capite velato over her diademed head.
Ca. 150 - 175 AD.
Annia Galeria Faustina, the Younger (born 130 AD) was a daughter of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius and Empress Faustina the Elder. She married Marcus Aurelius in 145 AD. Although she bore him 13 children including two sets of twins, only the son Commodus survived. She was revered by the legions and was called mater castrorum ( Mother of the Camp ). She was given divine honors after her death in 175 AD.
cf: Chairamonti Museum, Vatican City, nos. 366, 476, 525, 705.
Formerly in a European private collection.
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