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This lady wears her hair in a style sometimes called a "tower coiffure," which was popular at the Roman imperial court in the late Hadrianic and early Antonine periods. Faustina the Elder (died A.D. 141), wife of the Emperor Antoninus Pius (A.D.138-161), set the court fashion for this type of...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 19, 1904

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 140

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 358; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115 (additional published references).


Height x length (of face): 48 x 14.3 cm (18 7/8 x 5 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, from Göktepe, Turkey (near Aphrodisias)


The Ancient World