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Portrait of a woman

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This bust shows a woman wearing an extravagant hairstyle typical of the late first and early second centuries A.D. Her hair is worn in a high crest of tight curls over the forehead and ears while at the back of her head, the hair is braided into a ring-like bun. Such hairstyles could be...

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By 1991: with the Merrin Gallery, 724 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10019; 1992: partial year-end gift of Samuel and Edward Merrin and partial purchase by MFA from the Merrin Gallery; accessioned January 27, 1993

Credit Line

Gift of Samuel and Edward Merrin and Museum purchase with funds by exchange from the Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Collection and a Gift of Barbara Deering Danielson, and the William Francis Warden Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 100–125

Place of Manufacture

Greece (possibly)


35 cm (13 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, probably from the Greek island of Paros


The Ancient World