Mar 17, 2009
Mar 17, 2009
Mar 17, 2009
Mar 17, 2009
Mar 17, 2009

Portrait Bust of a Girl

Portrait Bust of a Girl

c. AD 250–75

Marble

Overall: 52.1 cm (20 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1951.288

Location

Did you know?

This portrait of a young girl was thought for many years to represent a boy.

Description

This portrait bust depicts a young child, perhaps three or four years old, with soft, fleshy cheeks and delicate features. The neck is slight, the skull relatively large and round, with closely cropped hair indicated by fine incisions. Although this hairstyle may appear masculine today, the child wears a high-belted chiton, a long garment usually worn by women and girls. Together with the rope running diagonally across the chest, this suggests a female funerary portrait, perhaps showing the deceased in the guise of the huntress Diana.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Roman
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Marble

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