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Portrait Head, Perhaps of Otacilia Severa
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Portrait Head, Perhaps of Otacilia Severa


Description Conservation Provenance Credit
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.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Treatmentcleaned
6/21/1961Treatmentcleaned
7/20/1970Treatmentcleaned
1/01/1992Technical Reportx-ray diffraction; other
2/04/1999Treatmentcleaned
5/03/2001Treatmentrepaired
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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Period
250-300 (late Imperial)
Medium
marble
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
23.206
Measurements
6 1/4 x 4 1/4 x 4 5/8 in. (15.9 x 10.8 x 11.8 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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