Portrait of Sallustia Orbiana?
Marble.
First half of the 3rd century CE.
Inv. No. 1822.Rome, Vatican Museums, Chiaramonti Museum, XXXIX. 17Photo by Roger B. Ulrich

Portrait of Sallustia Orbiana?

Marble.
First half of the 3rd century CE.
Inv. No. 1822.

Rome, Vatican Museums, Chiaramonti Museum, XXXIX. 17
(Roma, Musei Vaticani, Museo Chiaramonti)

Description:
This Roman portrait of an aristocratic woman has been in the collections of the Vatican Museums since 1804 (inv. 1822), having belonged previously to the sculptor Vicenzo Pacetti. The museum suggests that the woman may be Sallustia Orbiana, the wife of Alexander Severus (married A.D. 225/6) or perhaps one of the wives of Elagabalus.

Compare to a portrait in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (18.145.39), dated about 20 years later than this.

Compare to a possible portrait of Otacilia Severa — with more deeply scalloped hair — in the Capitoline Museums (inv. 2765).

Credits:
© 2009. Photo, text: Roger B. Ulrich.
Keywords: γλυπτική sculptura sculpture sculptural scultura skulptur ρωμαϊκό roman romana romano romani römisch römische römisches römischen römischer romain romaine romains romaines αυτοκρατορικό imperial imperiale kaiserliches impérial άγνωστη γυναίκα of a unidentify unknown woman women female donna ignota sconosciuta femminile unbekannte frau weiblich inconnu femme ρωμαϊκή αυτοκράτειρα σαλλουστία ορβιάνα sallustia orbiana empress imperatrice kaiserin impératrice orbiane απεικόνιση portrait portraiture ritratto ritrattistica porträtmalerei porträt κεφάλι κεφαλή head testa kopf tête προτομή bust busto büste buste weibliches de portraitkopf δυναστεία των σεβήρων domus severana severan dynasty dinastia dei severi severer sévères marble marmo marmor marbre μάρμαρο hairdo hairstyle pettinatura acconciatura weibliche frisur coiffure féminine θηλυκό χτένισμα xxxix 17 inv no 1822