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The hairstyle shown here indicates that this lady was a contemporary of the later empresses of the Severan dynasty, Julia Mamaea (d. 325), mother of Severus Alexander (reigned A.D. 222-235) and his wife, Orbiana. This head may have been attached to a standing, fully draped statue set up in a...

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By 1969: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; gift of Robert E. Hecht, Jr. to MFA, April 8, 1970

Credit Line

Gift of Robert E. Hecht, Jr.

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 230–240

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 372; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115 (additional published references).


Height: 22 cm (8 11/16 in.)

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Marble from Göktepe, Turkey (near Aphrodisias)


The Ancient World