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Top of a marble funerary relief with portrait busts of a young man and an elderly woman

Period:
Mid-Imperial, Antonine
Date:
ca. A.D. 138–141
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 9 3/8 x 15 x 3 in. (23.8 x 38.1 x 7.6 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.145.47
  • Description

    Although it is broken below, enough of this relief is preserved to show that the man wears a cloak, perhaps a lacerna, and the woman wears what is probably a palla. The shared features of the pair suggest that they are son and mother. The woman's hairstyle is close to that worn by Faustina the Elder, the wife of the emperor Antoninus Pius.

  • References

    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.

    LaGamma, Alisa. 2011. Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures. New York: Yale University Press.

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