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Marble portrait bust of a woman

Period:
Trajanic
Date:
ca. A.D. 100–120
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 22 5/8 in. (57.4 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
14.130.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Said to be from Rome

This portrait of a stern Trajanic matriarch has much in common with images of Trajan’s wife, the empress Plotina. Two ancient points of attachment in the front
once held a marble addition representing the high crescent-shaped hairpiece fashionable during that period.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. "Department of Classical Art: The Accessions of 1914." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10 (2): p. 24, fig. 2.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 251, fig. 153, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 300-1, fig. 211, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 300-1, fig. 211, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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. 63, 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. 20.

Varner, Eric R. 2000. From Caligula to Constantine : Tyranny & Transformation in Roman Portraiture p. 218 n. 7, Atlanta: Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University.

Matheson, Susan B. 2000. "The Private Sector: Reworked Portraits Outside the Imperial Circle." From Caligula to Constantine : Tyranny & Transformation in Roman Portraiture, Eric R. Varner, ed. p. 73 n. 31, Atlanta, GA: Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University.

Bartman, Elizabeth. 2001. "Hair and the Artifice of Roman Female Adornment." American Journal of Archaeology, 105(1): p. 20 n. 106.

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