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A Roman Marble Portrait Head of Faustina Minor, A.D. 161-176

Property from a North American Private Collection

A Roman Marble Portrait Head of Faustina Minor, A.D. 161-176

A Roman Marble Portrait Head of Faustina Minor, A.D. 161-176

Property from a North American Private Collection

A Roman Marble Portrait Head of Faustina Minor

A.D. 161-176


turned slightly to her right, her wavy hair centrally parted, brushed over the ears, and tied in a massive chignon of interlocking braids, small curls escaping over the nape of the neck, the neck carved for insertion into a bust or statue, remains of drapery at the back; nose and mouth restored in marble, tip of nose in plaster.

Height 38 cm.

Mouth and nose entirely restored from a single piece of marble. Restored nose itself has sustained some damage, showing signs of repairs as well as restorations in plaster. Neck and face re-polished. Eyebrows and lids partially refreshed to tone down chipping and abrasions. Small nicks and areas of abrasions overall. Lock of hair behind proper r. ear largely chipped.


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European private collection, 17th/18th Century (based on restoration techniques)
Gilda Grat de Racaj Montemayor (circa 1900-1980), New York and Mexico City
private collection, Mexico
by descent to the present owner

The present head is a portrait of Faustina Minor, wife of emperor Marcus Aurelius, and belongs to her 7th portrait type, created in 161 A.D.: http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/typus/491. Numerous examples of this type are known, e.g. in the Musei Capitolini (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/16306), in the Galleria degli Uffizi (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/38520), and in the Louvre (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/54869).