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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