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Marble portrait of Matidia Minor

ca. A.D. 138–161
H. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
This head originally belonged to an honorary portrait statue of Mindia Matidia, or Matidia Minor (A.D. 85–162), half-sister of Sabina, wife of the emperor Hadrian, and aunt of the emperor Antoninus Pius. There exist five other replicas of this portrait type, recognized by a recently discovered statue of Matidia Minor from the Roman theater at Suessa Aurunca, a Campanian town of which she was a major benefactor. As is common with members of the imperial family, she is portrayed with an idealized, youthful face, and styling a complex coiffure that includes a hairpiece in the shape of braids coiled on top of her head. Her upward gaze is characteristic of many portraits from the Antonine period onward.
[Until 1921, with Alfredo Barsanti, Rome]; acquired in 1921, purchased from A. Barsanti.

M.E.P. 1924. "Miscellaneous Greek and Roman Sculptures." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 19(8): p. 194.

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. 84, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Baratte, Francois. 1984. "Un Portrait Féminin des Collections du Louvre." Revue Archéologique, : pp. 303–04, figs. 5–7.

Zanker, Paul. 2016. Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 80, pp. 192, 214–15, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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