About this artwork
This elegant portrait is the intentional likeness of a young woman in her early twenties who had a delicate brow, high cheekbones, wide-set eyes, a bow-shaped mouth, and a prominent chin. Her long tresses are arranged in an elaborate hairstyle, fashionable at different times during the imperial period, in which the hair was parted in the center, combed in waves over the forehead, and plaited into braids that were artfully wrapped around the head like a turban. Broken off at the neck, it was once part of a larger statue.
- Ancient Roman
- Portrait Head of a Young Woman
- Roman Empire
- 130 CE–140 CE
- 22 × 18 × 20.6 cm (8 7/8 × 7 × 8 in.)
- Edward E. Ayer Endowment in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson