Portrait of an older woman.

Marble. Ca. 40—20 BCE.
Inv. No. 2000.38.

New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Description:
Roman marble portrait of an older woman, dating from the first century B.C. (the Met dates the image to ca. 40-20 B.C.) If correct, the portrait was made in the last decades of the Roman Republic — or at the very beginning of Augustus’s reign. The hairstyle is similar to that worn by the wife of Augustus, Livia (note the prominent “nodus” over the forehead, in fact a broad braid).
Credits:
© 2010. Photo, text: Roger B. Ulrich.
Keywords: marble portrait ritratto femminile female portrait bust of an older woman hairdo hairstyle nodus Inv No 2000 38
History of Ancient Rome