Marble portrait bust of a woman


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 600

In the early third century A.D., some marble busts became so deep as to be almost half-statues and often included the arms, giving the image a lively appearance. This young woman has a hair arrangement made popular by Julia Domna, wife of the emperor Septimius Severus (r. A.D. 193–211) and mother of the emperor Caracalla (r. A.D. 211–217). Parted at the center, long locks framed the face, covering the ears and falling almost to the shoulders before looping back to form a bun at the back of the head.

Marble portrait bust of a woman, Marble, Roman

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