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Portrait of a Young Girl

c. 25–30 CE
Overall: 9.7 cm (3 13/16 in.)
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Location: 103 Roman

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The earrings this young girl wears are similar to a pair in the CMA collection (1985.174).


This bronze portrait has a boyish close-cropped hairstyle and rounded forehead. The irises of the eyes are now hollow but were once inlaid with material, possibly glass. The head was likely set into a body or bust and placed inside a tomb. This portrait head is distinctive for the particular arrangement of the comma-shaped locks of hair, which resembles portraiture during the later period of the reign of Tiberius (AD 25–30), a Julio-Claudian emperor. Some scholars believe that the earrings identify the figure as an Armenian prince, while others believe this to be a portrait of a young girl.
Portrait of a Young Girl

Portrait of a Young Girl

c. 25–30 CE

Italy, Eastern Roman Empire

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