The hairstyle indicates that the head dates from the reign of the emperor Domitian (r. A.D. 81–96). As in the emperor’s late portraits, the hair is combed forward in long, slightly curving strands. They end at the forehead in a nearly straight line and curl sharply to the sides.
Said to have been found in Rome
[Until 1912, with Paul Hartwig, Rome]; acquired in 1912, purchased from P. Hartwig.
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