Byzantine / Bust of a Lady of Rank / late 5th-early 6th centuryByzantine
Bust of a Lady of Rank
late 5th-early 6th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Byzantine
Creator Name-CRT: Byzantine
Title: Bust of a Lady of Rank
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Creation Start Date: 466
Creation End Date: 533
Creation Date: late 5th-early 6th century
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture-stone
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: H. 20 7/8 in. (53 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 66.25
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1966

This superbly carved portrait bust presents a pensive woman with a compelling gaze holding a scroll, the symbol of an educated person. The delicate, sensitive carving and the highly polished finish suggest that it was carved in Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire, perhaps as the funerary monument of a leading member of the imperial aristocracy. Her long fingers draw attention to the scroll in her hand, indicating her pride in being recognized as among the educated elite in an era that prized learning.

AMICA ID: MMA_.66.25
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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