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Marble bust of a woman

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
mid–3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 25 5/8 in. (65.1 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.145.39
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
The subject of this extremely fine portrait wears her hair in a fashion associated with Otacilia Severa, wife of the emperor Philip the Arab (r. A.D. 244–249). The wavy hair is parted in the center, looped back over the ears to form a wide flat braid pinned to the back of the head.
[Until 1918, with Alfredo Barsanti, Rome]; acquired in 1918, purchsed from A. Barsanti.

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): p. 228, fig. 4.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 303–4, fig. 213, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 303–4, fig. 213, 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. 89, p. v, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Thimme, Jürgen. 1976. Kunst und Kultur der Kykladeninseln im 3. Jahrtausend v. Chr.: Ausstellung unter d. Patronat des International Council of Museums ICOM im Karlsruher Schloss vom 25. Juni-10. Oktober 1976. no. 113, p. 145, Karlsruhe: Müller.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. no. 98, Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1987. Greece and Rome. no. 113, p. 145, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Zanker, Paul. 2016. Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 87, pp. 192, 227–29, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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