A Roman marble portrait head of a woman
Lot 119* W
A Roman marble portrait head of a woman
Sold for £21,250 (US$ 26,732) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Roman marble portrait head of a woman
A Roman marble portrait head of a woman
Late Flavian - early Trajanic Period, circa 69–100 A.D.
With an elaborate high peaked coiffure composed of rows of tight drilled curls rising from her forehead, of mature years, realistically carved, her neck with Venus rings, probably from a funerary altar or relief, the back roughly hewn, 18in (45.7cm) high, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    American private collection, California, acquired from Ivan Nikolenko, Paris, in November 1963. Accompanied by a copy of the receipt.

    Literature:
    This hairstyle is particularly associated with the Empress Domitia, the wife of the Emperor Domitian. For an example from Terracina in the Museo Nazionale delle Terme, Rome, cf. D. Kleiner, Roman Sculpture, Yale, 1992, p. 179, fig. 148.

    This portrait head appears to have come from a funerary altar or relief carved in very high relief. For similar cf. the funerary altar of Cominia Tyche in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, (38.227).
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