8 June 2001
A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF THE EMPRESS PLAUTILLA
Circa 202-211 A.D.
Depicted as Augusta, wearing a diadem, the Empress in her teens, looking slightly to her right, the oval face with soft, youthful features, a rounded chin and small fleshy lips drilled in the corners, the center-parted hair arranged in an elaborate coiffure, a variation of the schitelzopf, with a series of individual plaits encircled around the top of her head, hanging down to the nape of her neck, and folded over flush against her head, with short wisps lightly curled at each temple, the softly lidded eyes with the heart-shaped pupils deeply drilled, the ears each drilled twice for placement of ornaments, with a long neck and a tenon below for insertion into a composite statue
11¼ in. (28.6 cm) high
Leo Kaplan, Laguna Beach, 1953
Robert and Anna Martin
Jo Ann Martin
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Nodelman, A Portrait of the Empress Plautilla, Getty Museum Journal 10 (1982) pp. 105-120.
Yegül, A Roman Lady from a Southern California Collection, Getty Museum Journal 9 (1982) pp. 63-68.
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