ROMAN BRONZE APPLIQUE OF DIADEMED WOMAN

£375.00

Measurements: 6.3 cm height, 4.9 cm − width

 

Description: A Roman bronze appliqué head of a woman, possibly an empress, with sharply defined physiognomy. The woman's hairstyle is detailed; she has centrally parted wavy hair that is brushed backwards. A diadem of eight points crowns her, with fifteen incised circles around its base. It is difficult to conclude whether this woman is an empress or a goddess (possibly Venus), since the distinguishing features are insufficient. Nevertheless, her hairstyle and sizeable diadem imply that she is an important figure. This particular tall and elaborate hairstyle was fashionable in the late 2nd and early 3rd centuries AD due to its adoption by court women, most notably: empresses Plotina and Vibia Sabina. This item does not come with a stand.

 

Provenance: German collection, 1970's.

 

Reference: Roman Imperial Women's Hairstyles

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Further reading: Lindner, M., Portraits of the Vestal Virgins, Priestesses of Ancient Rome, 2015., 114, 169.

 

Period: 2nd to 3rd century AD

 

Condition: Very fine, small chip to the edge of the chin, with some patination over the whole and earthly encrustations on the reverse.

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