|ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT OF A SEVERAN WOMAN
The oval face is framed by a voluminous, shoulder-length coiffure, styled in even waves with a heating-iron, then laid loosely around the ears, and finally formed into two plaits which were loosely coiled to form a flat spiral in the nape of the neck.
This coiffure is typical of the Severan period. The coiffures of the empresses Iulia Domna and Plautilla served as models. Cf. Fittschen-Zanker - 1983, 99, no. 144, pls. 171-172.
Ex B. collection, Switzerland, acquired between 1960-1980.
Early 3rd Century AD
H. 13 1/2 in. (33 cm.)
Art of the Ancient World, 2011, no. 27