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A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A WOMAN
A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A WOMAN

SEVERAN PERIOD, CIRCA LATE 2ND CENTURY A.D.

Details
A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A WOMAN
SEVERAN PERIOD, CIRCA LATE 2ND CENTURY A.D.
11 in. (28 cm.) high
Provenance
Dr. Frank Stanton (1906-2006), President of CBS.
The Collection of Dr. Frank Stanton; Antiquities, Christie's, New York, 18 December 1996, lot 130.
Literature
I. Jucker, Skulpturen der Antiken-Sammlung Ennetwies, Mainz am Rhein, 2006, Band 2, pp. 69-70, no. 19, pls. 39-40.
Arachne Online Database no. 1171833.

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Lot Essay

Depicted with the so-called helmfrisur, a hairstyle fashionable throughout the Severan period, the woman's center-parted, undulating locks cascade over her ears, with wisps escaping from underneath the coiffure to indicate that she is wearing a wig. Although the back of her head is now missing, it can be assumed from other portraits that her hair would have been bound in a flat chignon. The portrait's frontal gaze no longer has the whimsical and mournful appearance of works associated with the Antonine period; rather the hairstyle, accentuated by the round face and lidded almond-shaped eyes, can be seen on portraits of Julia Domna, second wife of Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.). See no. 42 in D.E.E. Kleiner and S.B. Matheson, eds., I Claudia, Women in Ancient Rome, for a comparable portrait.

This head once formed part of the collection of Dr. Frank Stanton (1906-2006), an American broadcasting executive who served as the president of CBS between 1946 and 1971.
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