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Mask of a woman with a large coil of plaited hair

Roman Period, Hadrian
reign of Hadrian
A.D. 117–138
From Egypt
Plaster, paint, glass
h. 21 cm (8 1/4 in); w. 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1900
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 138
This woman's high coiled braid recalls portraits of the Empress Sabina. The softer arrangement of the front parts of her hair most likely reflects a local adaptation. Wisps of hair that have escaped confinement are painted around her forehead.

The matronly appearance of this woman is in keeping with second-century trends in all kinds of funerary portraiture, and the tendency of female masks of the time to adopt Roman-style facial features and hair more consistently than before has been observed.
#3534. Mask of a woman with a large coil of plaited hair
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Purchased from André Bircher in Cairo, 1900.

Grimm, Günter 1974. Die Römischen Mumienmasken aus Ägypten. Wiesbaden: Steiner, p. 83n221.

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