Artist unknown / Head of a Woman / about 150Artist unknown
Head of a Woman
about 150

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Role: Sculptor
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Head of a Woman
View: front
Creation Start Date: 140
Creation End Date: 160
Creation Date: about 150
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: H.12-1/2 x W.8-1/2 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 70.72
Credit Line: The John R. Van Derrlip Fund

The young woman in this lovely Roman portrait may be Crispina, who married the Emperor Commodus in 177 A.D. The identification is based on comparison to portraits on coins that bear her name. Her hair is parted in the middle and gathered at the back above her neck. This particular hairstyle was the fashion worn by ladies of the imperial court during the late second century A.D. The sculptor drilled holes to make concave spaces in the eyes for bone, shell, gold, or silver pupils, common in sculptures made at this time.

-from Ancient Art of the Mediterranean, an MIA-produced Interactive Multimedia Program for the Ancient Art Gallery

AMICA ID: MIA_.70.72
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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