Female bust

Inv. Scu 232

Female portrait mounted upon an alabaster bust (probably not pertinent). The woman is dressed in a style of clothing derived from representations of the goddess Isis.

The features of the woman are modeled after those of Faustina the Elder, wife of Emperor Antoninus Pius, a practice that compliments the Empress while giving social status to the subject of the sculpture.

The lady’s hair has been styled in a way that creates an elaborate headdress made of braids. A row of soft curls are allowed to fall on her forehead.

The work dates to the beginning of the Antonine period (140-160 AD)