Statue of Livia.

Marble. Late 1st century BCE early 1st century CE.
Total height: 1.925 m.
Original Naples Inv. No. 4400.

Boscoreale, Antiquarium

Origin:
Found at Pompeii, in the peristyle of the Villa of the Mysteries.
Description:
Roman portrait of Livia Drusilla, wife of the Roman emperor Augustus, freestanding marble.

Discovered in the peristyle of the Villa of the Mysteries (Pompeii), now on display in the Antiquarium (Museum) di Boscoreale.

An outer cloak (pallium) is shown draped over the head and shoulders. when first discovered more of the painted decoration (polychromy) survived. The hair is reddish, eyebrows, eyelashes, and pupils were painted. A groove in the hair indicates the presence of an added diadem, now lost.

The head, carved separately, as been identified as that of Livia (Copenhagen Livia type) and may have replaced an earlier portrait of the (female) "domina" of the house. The portrait of Livia is thought to be Tiberian in date (ca. A.D. 20).

Literature:
Cf. Rediscovering Pompeii: exhibition by IBM-ITALIA, New York City, IBM Gallery of Science and Art, 12 July 15 September 1990, (published 1990) cat. No. 162.
Credits:
2009. Photo: Roger B. Ulrich.
Text: museum inscription to the sculpture.
THE GALLERY OF ANCIENT ART
Keywords: statue of Livia from the Villa of Mysteries marble roman empress Livia g132 Drusilla Julia Augusta female cloak palla pallium Inv No 4400
HISTORY OF ANCIENT ROME