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Head of a Woman


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Description The idealized features and elaborate hairstyle identify this sculpture as that of an elite woman in the Roman Empire during the 2nd century CE. Her eyes are almond-shaped and large, in contrast to her small downturned, more subtly rendered mouth. The most striking aspect of the portrait, however, is the elaborate hairstyle of the sitter, which was likely inspired by the women of the imperial family such as Sabina, the wife of the Emperor Hadrian (r. 117-138 CE). Pronounced waves descend from a central part down to her temples and partially cover her ears. Wrapping around the crown of her head is a thin braid that stacks upon itself four times to create height.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
6/21/1961Treatmentcleaned
1/01/1992Treatmenttechnical analysis
1/01/1992Technical Reportx-ray diffraction; other
Exhibitions
  • Curator's Choice from the Ancient World. The Newark Museum, Newark. 1968.
  • In Search of Ancient Treasure: 40 Years of Collecting. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
Provenance Hesperia Art, Philadelphia, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1957, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1957

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Period
mid 2nd century CE (Roman Imperial)
Medium
marble
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
23.213
Measurements
5 3/4 x 3 7/16 x 5 1/8 in. (14.6 x 8.8 x 13 cm)
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