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Marciana (?)

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This head from a villa at Subiaco has a hairstyle that closely resembles that of Marciana, the sister of the Emperor Trajan (A.D. 98-117), or her daughter Matidia as they are illustrated on coin portraits. Differences in the physiognomy of the face, however, suggest that this may be a portrait...

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Provenance

By 1916: with H. W. Gallandt (said to have been found at Subiaco); July 20, 1916: purchased by MFA through H. W. Gallandt for $ 1,000.00

Credit Line

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 100

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 350; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x length (of face): 26.5 x 15.5 cm (10 7/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

16.286

Medium or Technique

Marble, probably from Göktepe, Turkey (near Aphrodisias)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture