A LATE ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF A WOMAN OR GODDESS, CIRCA 4TH CENTURY A.D.
turned to her right, her eyes with recessed pupils, her centrally parted slightly wavy hair bound in a fillet, brushed back over the ears, and formerly tied in a chignon; on a modern square marble plinth engraved on three sides “Augusta Faustina Pii Filia“; nose and base of neck restored, chignon formerly restored.
Total height 19.5 cm.
Nose and base of neck restored, chignon formerly restored. Surface with minor nicks and abrasions overall, more on hair than on face.
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European private collection, circa 18th Century (based on the plinth and restoration techniques)
Principia Antiques, Marlborough, Wiltshire
Rupert Wace Ancient Art, London, acquired from the above on September 4th, 1989 (Sotheby’s, London, December 13th-14th, 1990, no. 435, illus., erroneously identified with a head from Wilton House)
For the characteristics of late antique sculpture in general see C. Vorster, Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, vol. 127/28, 2012/13, pp. 393ff.