Head of a Noble Woman
Head of a Noble Woman, 96–100 AD
11 1/4 × 5 1/4 × 7 3/8 in. (28.58 × 13.34 × 18.73 cm)
Purchase, with funds from the Woman's Exchange M1966.67
Photo credit Larry Sanders
The art of portraiture was Rome's most important contribution to sculpture. The calm and delicate expression of this portrait bust represents the classical virtues associated with a Roman matron. Her dramatic, beehive hairstyle reflects the care, time, and money Roman women lavished on their appearance; some wealthier families owned slaves to arrange the hair of the lady of the house. This subject's deep-drilled curls and the subtle modeling of her facial features are examples of the period's best carving.
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