The woman’s hair is parted in the middle and her side curls are abundant. Whether the bust and the herm originally belonged together cannot be ascertained. On the herm there is an inscription:
STAIA · L · L · QVINTA. which means, “L.L (Lucii Liberta — emancipated slave) Staia Quinta”.
Original: Late Neronian or early Flavian era.
Marble. Inserted into a herm shaft of bluish marble. H. 0.44. Height of the herm 1.00.
The lowest part of the herm and the entire pedestal are modern.
Acquired in 1891 from Count Orsini, through the mediation of Helbig. Found in the vicinity of the Sanctuary of Diana in Nemi in 1887.
F. Poulsen 1951, Cat. 639; V. Poulsen 1973, Cat. 84; Vostchinina, Portrait, no. 13, 145.
The herms in F. Poulsen ((1951), cat. 639-41) and the four heads numbered 642-645 (see nos. 81-83) were discovered near the Sanctuary of Diana at the Nemi Lake together with the statues 536-37 (nos. 79 and 80). The formal procedures of the find were not properly complied with. For a long time hence, the herm shafts and busts lay there in a mess, inside a warehouse. The precise correspondences, then, between bust and herm are thus a matter of guesswork.