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Marble portrait of the Empress Faustina the Younger, wife of the emperor Marcus Aurelius

ca. A.D. 161–180
H. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Shelby and Leon Levy, 1986
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The well-formed but rather puffy features, the prominent eyes, and the deeply waved hair exemplify mid-Antonine standards of beauty and are identifying traits of this empress.
Until 1985, private collection; 1985, purchased by Shelby White and Leon Levy through Sotheby’s London; acquired in 1986, gift of Shelby White and Leon Levy.

Sotheby's, London. 1985. Ancient glass, Egyptian, Middle Eastern, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities. December 9, 1985. lot 142.

Anderson, Maxwell. 1986. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1985-1986." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, : p. 8.

Zanker, Paul. 2016. Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 82, pp. 218–19, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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