The often-changing hairstyles of ladies at the imperial court are well documented, making possible the approximate dating of many portraits of unknown but fashionable women. This girl’s coiffure with a rounded halo of curls and tight braids tied at the nape of the neck is very similar to that of Domitia Longina, wife of the emperor Domitian, as she appears on coin portraits that are dated to the early eighties A.D.
[Until 1920, with Alfredo Barsanti, Rome]; acquired in 1920, purchased from A. Barsanti.
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