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Two marble portrait heads from a relief

Period:
Early Imperial, Augustan period
Date:
ca. 13 B.C.–A.D. 5
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.145.16
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The sculptural style of these heads, characterized by smooth features and fashionable hairstyles, is one of refined Augustan classicism. The portraits, probably of mother and daughter, are from a funerary relief that might have included likenesses of other members of the family.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1921. "Greek and Roman Accessions." Bullletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 16 (1): p. 14.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1921. "Classical Accessions: IV Roman Portraits." Bullletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 16 (11): pp. 226-7, fig. 1.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Christine Alexander. 1939. Augustan Art: An Exhibition Commemorating the Bimillennium of the Birth of Augustus. p. 11, fig. 29, New York: Marchbanks Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1941. Roman Portraits, Vol. 1. no. 16, p. 3, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1948. Roman Portraits, 2nd edn. no. 34, p. iii, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McCann, Anna Marguerite. 1978. Roman Sarcophagi in the Metropoltian Museum of Art. pp. 19-20, fig. 9, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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