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Portrait head of a lady in quasi-divine guise

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Full of character and individuality, this anonymous portrait presents the subject in somewhat ideal fashion. The complete statue must have shown this mature young lady, slightly plump but with decided features showing character, as a goddess, perhaps as a draped Persephone or as a similar...

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Provenance

By 1973: with Mohammed Yeganeh, Galerie für Griechische, Römische und Byzantinische Kunst, 5 Telemannstrasse, 6000 Frankfurt - Main, Germany (according to the entry in MFA, Sculpture in Stone: said to have been found in Asia Minor and to come from a private collection in Central Europe [presumably an oral communication from Mr. Yeganeh]); purchased by MFA from Mohammed Yeganeh, May 9, 1973

Credit Line

Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, about A.D. 138–160

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 368; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 28 cm (11 in.)

Accession Number

1973.212

Medium or Technique

Marble from the Greek islands or western Asia Minor, with strong crystals

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture