Bronze portrait bust of a Roman matron


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166

This bust of a private individual has often been taken to represent one of the emperor Augustus’s descendants, notably his granddaughter Agrippina the Elder, whose hairstyle is closely imitated here. It provides a good illustration of the way in which official images of the emperor and his family influenced Roman private portraits. The bust may have been a dedication, possibly set up in a shrine within the family house.

Bronze portrait bust of a Roman matron, Bronze, Roman

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