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Marble portrait head of a woman

Period:
Severan
Date:
ca. A.D. 220–235
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 7/8 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (22.5 x 16.5 x 16.5 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Museum Accession
Accession Number:
X.125
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Perhaps from the Wolfe Expedition to Assyria and Babylonia in 1886

The hairstyle follows a fashion set by the Severan court in the early third century. The pupils of the eyes were originally inset; the nose was broken and restored in antiquity.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1948. Roman Portraits, 2nd edn. no. 90, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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