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A Roman Marble Portrait Head of a Lady, late 2nd Century A.D., on circa 18th-Century Marble Shoulders
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A Roman Marble Portrait Head of a Lady, late 2nd Century A.D., on circa 18th-Century Marble Shoulders
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Details & Cataloguing

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A Roman Marble Portrait Head of a Lady, late 2nd Century A.D., on circa 18th-Century Marble Shoulders
her youthful-looking face with parted bow-shaped lips and wide-set eyes with incised irises and dotted pupils, the elaborate and carefully arranged coiffure rising high above the forehead in two tiers of deeply drilled wavy curls, surmounted by a diadem, and pulled back in long tapering braids to a small chignon at the nape of the neck, voluted curls escaping in front of the ears; nose and plait below chignon formerly restored.
Total height 63 cm; height of head 30 cm.
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Provenance

European private collection, circa 18th Century (based on the restoration techniques)
Private collection, southern France
French private collection, acquired in the 1980s at the Hôtel Drouot, Paris (Hôtel des Ventes Victor Hugo, Dijon, June 13th, 2015, no. 41, mounted on an 18th Century bust and with restored braid in back)
acquired by the current owner at the above sale 

Literature

Galerie Chenel, Paris, Aesthetica, 2016, pp. 46-47

Catalogue Note

The dating of this portrait is challenging: while the small "bridges" in the hair (signs of drilling) point to the late 2nd cent. A.D., the coiffure was en vogue at the time of emperor Trajan (reigned A.D. 97–117). For the combination of a "Flammen"-Toupet (for the term see K. Fittschen, Études et Travaux, vol. 25, 2012, p. 109) with plaits gathered at the nape of the neck cf. a portrait in Heraklion: M. Lagogianni-Georgakarakos, Die römischen Porträts Kretas (Corpus Signorum Imperii Romani. Greece, vol. VI.1), 2002, p. 77f., no. 47, pl. 52.

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