Portrait of Faustina the Younger on a Statue of a Roman Goddess

Inv. Scu 632

Portrait of Faustina the Younger set on a statue of a female deity (Aphrodite or Hera / Juno) unlikely to have belonged with the head originally.

The portrait of the empress is highly idealized, with a strong reduction of the individual features.

The statue rests on her left leg and her right one is moved back and to the side. She wears a very light chiton with thin folds that clings to her body and sensually falls from her left shoulder.

The figure was restored as Ceres with the addition of a torch and a bundle of wheat, attributes of the goddess

The work dates to the Antonine period (162-175 d.C.) and it was probably found in Rome.