Marble bust of a woman


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169

The subject of this extremely fine portrait wears her hair in a fashion associated with Otacilia Severa, wife of the emperor Philip the Arab (r. A.D. 244–249). The wavy hair is parted in the center, looped back over the ears to form a wide flat braid pinned to the back of the head.

Marble bust of a woman, Marble, Roman

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