12 June 2002
A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A WOMAN
Antonine Period, Circa 140 A.D.
The oval face depicted with soft, youthful features, looking slightly to her right, the lidded eyes with drilled pupils and tear-ducts under arching brows, the small mouth with fleshy lips pressed together and drilled in the corners, the center-parted hair brushed in scalloped waves across her forehead and over her ears, the hair braided and upswept into a loose circular bun at the back of her head, with two small curls falling on to the back of her neck
12 3/8 in. (31.4 cm)
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For related female portraiture under the Antonines see pp. 277-280 in Kleiner, Roman Sculpture.
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