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Marble bust of a woman

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
mid–3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 25 5/8 in. (65.1 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.145.39
  • Description

    The subject of this extremely fine portrait wears her hair in a fashion associated with Otacilia Severa, wife of the emperor Philip the Arab (r. A.D. 244–249). The wavy hair is parted in the center, looped back over the ears to form a wide flat braid pinned to the back of the head.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 303-4, fig. 213.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 303-4, fig. 213.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1941. Roman Portraits, Vol. 2. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1948. Roman Portraits, 2nd edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Thimme, Jürgen. 1976. Kunst und Kultur der Kykladeninseln im 3. Jahrtausend v. Chr.: Ausstellung unter d. Patronat des International Council of Museums ICOM im Karlsruher Schloss vom 25. Juni-10. Oktober 1976. Karlsruhe: Müller, no. 113, p. 145.

    von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik, no. 98.

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