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Tondo: Portrait of a Young Noblewoman
2nd century

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Role: Sculptor
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Tondo: Portrait of a Young Noblewoman
View: front
Creation Start Date: 100
Creation End Date: 199
Creation Date: 2nd century
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: H.32 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 68.9.4
Credit Line: Gift of the Morse Foundation

The half-figure relief was a common form used for Roman funerary sculpture. Here the deceased is depicted with a veil over her head signifying piety. Holes drilled in her ear lobes show that this figure once wore earrings which, together with the large size of the relief, indicate that the deceased came from a wealthy family.

During the century following the reign of the emperor Augustus (44 B.C.-14 A.D.) the depiction of a maternal figure was also a moral statement, reflecting his program aimed at restoring ancient Roman virtues. A series of laws were passed to promote good moral behavior and to encourage marriage, curb adultery and divorce, and increase the birth rate.

AMICA ID: MIA_.68.9.4
Component Measured: height only
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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