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Portrait of a woman

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The portrait head depicts a woman who turns to her right. The lady's hair is arranged in tight little curls over her forehead, and, after it passes the ears, it becomes enmeshed with false locks in a net, all of which is brought up into the roll that sits above the forehead. Most of the hair is...

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By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr. (according to entry 380 in Sculpture in Stone: from Rome); September 19, 1962: purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr. for $ 1,700-

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund

Roman, Late Imperial Period, late 3rd century

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 380; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).


Overall: 27.5cm (10 13/16in.) Mount (Bolts onto pedestal / opens at back of pedestal): 30.5 x 35.6 cm (12 x 14 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Göktepe, Turkey (near Aphrodisias)


The Ancient World