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Marble head of a woman

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble, Pentelic
Dimensions:
H. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson, 1903
Accession Number:
03.12.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 160
Copy of a Hellenistic statue of the 3rd or 2nd century B.C.

Coiffures with corkscrew curls were fashionable in Egypt and Cyrene during the Ptolemaic period. This head must have represented an important person, as several other copies are known today. This copy was once part of the collection of antiquities formed in Rome during the early seventeenth century by the Marchese Vincenzo Giustiniani.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 122, 260, pl. 100a, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 192, pp. 100-1, pls. 135a-c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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