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Portrait head of an eastern Mediterranean lady

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She is aging but has been presented in an idealized fashion. She wears her cloak over her head as a veil and a necklace; the bland portrait could have been broken from a statue or a funerary bust. This is an eastern imperial, probably Anatolian to Syrian, portrayal. The stiffness of head and...

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By date unknown: Paul E. Manheim Collection (said to be from Asia Minor or northwest Syria); gift of Paul E. Manheim to MFA, December 11, 1968

Credit Line

Gift of Paul E. Manheim

Greco-Roman, Late Hellenistic to Early Imperial Period,

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 133.


Height: 30 cm (11 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Limestone-like hard marble, from Asia Minor (?)


The Ancient World