Female ideal head

Inv. Scu 665

The female head, looking down to left, is set on a male bust, not pertinent, which is clad in tunic and toga.

The face is characterized by ideal features; the wavy hair, parted in the middle and forming a roll on the forehead, is tied back in a knob on the neck.

The head appears to reproduce an Aphrodite type of the Hellenistic age, perhaps attributable to one of the followers of the celebrated sculptor Praxiteles.

The use of the running drill in the working of the hair dates the sculpture to the late Antonine.

Before being moved to the Sala delle Colombe, the sculpture was displayed in the Salone of the Palazzo Nuovo.