This portrait of an attractive young woman has a simplified version of the hairstyle popular during the reign of the emperor Trajan. The rough finish at the back of the neck indicates that the head was meant to be set into a draped statue.
Said to be from Greece
[Until 1927, with E. Yayas, Athens and Paris]; acquired in 1927, purchased from E. Yayas.
Phillips, John Goldsmith. January 1940. "Heads in Sculpture: A Special Exhibition, January 17-March 3." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 35(1): pp. 4–5.
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von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. no. 96, Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik.
Kleiner, Diana and Susan B. Matheson. 1996. I Claudia: Women in Ancient Rome p. 172, fig. 126, New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery.
Zanker, Paul. 2016. Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 76, pp. 192, 206–7, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.