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.
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Keywords: marble female portrait of a woman maybe the roman empress Sallustia Orbiana female hairdo hairstyle coiffure Inv No 1822 XXXIX 17
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