This portrait resembles those of Matidia, daughter of Marciana, elder sister of the emperor Trajan. Strands appear to be woven in a braid-like pattern through the double crescents that form the artificial hairpiece surrounding the face, but the structure is lower than on many of the official images of Matidia.
Said to be from Rome
[Until 1913, with Paul Hartwig, Rome]; acquired in 1913, purchased from P. Hartwig.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1914. "Department of Classical Art Accessions 1913." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 9 (3): pp. 32–33, fig. 5.
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. no. 67, p. iv, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Herrmann, Jr., J. J. 1991. "Rearranged Hair: A Portrait of a Women in Boston and Some Recarved Portraits of Earlier Imperial Times." Journal of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 3: pp. 47–48, fig. 21.
Zanker, Paul. 2016. Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 79, p. 213, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.