Description This may be a portrait of Otacilia Severa, wife of Emperor Philip the Arab (reigned AD 244-249), or of a private citizen influenced by Otacilia's public images. Her tranquil, idealized appearance is typical of mid 3rd-century statuary, and, although she is depicted as a mature matron, her forehead and cheeks are smooth, without the deep lines of concern that characterize male portraits of the period.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902
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