Marble bust of a woman

Period: Late Imperial

Date: mid–3rd century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Marble

Dimensions: H. 25 5/8 in. (65.1 cm)

Classification: Stone Sculpture

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1918

Accession Number: 18.145.39


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.