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Marble portrait, probably of Matidia, niece of the emperor Trajan and mother of Sabina, wife of the emperor Hadrian

A.D. 117–138
H. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Said to be from Rome

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.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1914. "Department of Classical Art Accessions 1913." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 9 (3): pp. 32-3, 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. 47-8, fig. 21.

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