A Roman marble portrait head of a woman
Lot 128W
A Roman marble portrait head of a woman
£ 40,000 - 50,000
US$ 56,000 - 70,000

Antiquities

24 Oct 2012, 10:30 BST

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
A Roman marble portrait head of a woman A Roman marble portrait head of a woman A Roman marble portrait head of a woman
A Roman marble portrait head of a woman
Circa 1st Century A.D.
Possibly Agrippina the Younger, depicted with her hair centrally-parted, the front section dressed in waves with drilled details, curls clustered along her forehead, with the remainder tied in a double braid secured with a band at the back of her neck, depicted with youthful features and a small smiling mouth, 12¾in (32.5cm) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    English private collection.
    With Galerie Chenel, Paris in 2008.
    French private collection, acquired in the 1950s.

    Literature:
    The simple classicising coiffure of female portrait sculpture in the Augustan Period became more elaborate in the later Julio-Claudian period. Posthumous portraits of Livia boast the addition of cork-screw curls accentuated with drilling.

    A similar arrangement of curls and the double braided knot at the nape of the neck can be seen in a portrait of Agrippina the Younger in the Galleria degli Uffizi: cf. D. Kleiner, Roman Sculpture, Yale, 1992, p. 140. This portrait also demonstrates similar rounded features and down-turned eyes.
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