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This bust is framed by a circle of heavy drapery meant to suggest a palla or cloak that was commonly worn over the tunic. The tunic is buttoned at the shoulder under the draped edge of the cloak. This combination of clothing, the palla and tunic, was worn only by women. The strands of hair...

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By 1873: recorded by Michaelis in the Margam Park Collection, near Cardiff, Wales; by date unknown: with Acanthus Gallery, New York; January 1993: purchased from Acanthus Gallery by Jean-Luc Chalmin, 8 Groom Place, Belgravia, London SW1X 7BA; purchased by MFA from Jean-Luc Chalmin, May 25, 1994

Credit Line

Mary S. and Edward Jackson Holmes Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 200

Place of Manufacture

Rome, Lazio, Italy


Height x width: 37 x 30 cm (14 9/16 x 11 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, from Göktepe, Turkey (near Aphrodisias)


The Ancient World