Portrait of Sallustia Orbiana?
Marble. First half of the 3rd century CE. Rome, Vatican Museums, Chiaramonti Museum, XXXIX. 17Inv. No. 1822.Photo 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
(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 ρώμη rome roma rom αυτοκρατορικό πορτρέτο imperial portrait ritratto imperiale kaiserliches porträt portrait impérial of a unidentify unknown woman women female donna ignoto femminile unbekannt frau weiblich inconnu femme απεικόνιση portraiture ritrattistica porträtmalerei portrait roman portraiture ritrattistica romana römisches porträt portrait romain δυναστεία των σεβήρων domus severana severan dynasty dinastia dei severi severer sévères marble female portrait of a woman maybe the roman empress sallustia orbiana female hairdo hairstyle coiffure acconciatura pettinatura femminile xxxix 17 inv no 1822
History of Ancient Rome