Agora Object: S 362
Inventory Number:   S 362
Section Number:   Ι 339
Title:   Portrait Head of Female Figure
Category:   Sculpture
Description:   In fine preservation.
A portrait of a middle aged woman (Faustina the Younger ?) with rather severe features and with hair parted in the center and drawn down in waves to a chignon in the back, below which escape several locks of hair.
The bust has evidently never been finished: the lobe of the ear is uncut, the rough surface of the forehead is unpolished, the locks of the hair on the neck are without shape, the roughly worked surface of the skin in the region of the clavicles has not been cut down to its final level, and the points on cheek bones and chin have not been removed.
The head was intended as an insert in a large statue: the lower edges of the cut below the base of the neck are rough-picked, with a smooth band at the outer surface.
Work of the 2nd half of the 2nd century A.D.
White Pentelic marble.
Drilled for setting with bronze pin in hollowed base 1956.
ADDENDA H. A. T. comments that it retain not only the two big points on the front hair but also some of the lesser points, e.g. on the chin and each cheek, 22 Oct. 1955.
GMAR comments: None on cheeks.
Conservation Status:   Finished
Context:   Found in a hollow in the floor.
Negatives:   Leica, 3-226, 3-227, color slide
Dimensions:   H. 0.398; W. (head) 0.186, (bust) 0.215; L. 0.25
Material:   Marble (Pentelic)
Chronology:   Ca. 162-166 A.D.
Date:   11 May 1933
Section:   Ι
Grid:   Ι:37/Ε
Period:   Roman
Bibliography:   Museum Guide (2014), pp. 85-86.
    AgoraPicBk 27 (2006), p. 23, fig. 23.
    Hesperia Suppl. 22 (1988), p. 65, n. 68.
    Guide (1976), p. 295.
    Guide (1962), p. 193-194.
    AgoraPicBk 5 (1960), fig. 25.
    Hesperia 4 (1935), pp. 414-416, figs. 37-38.
    AJA 37 (1933), p. 546, fig. 6A.
    Art and Archaeology 34 (November-December 1933), p. 289.
    Agora I, no. 36, pp. 48-49, pl. 23.
References:   Publications (6)
Publication Page: Agora 1, s. 62, p. 48
Publication Page: Agora 1, s. 121, p. 107
Images (8)
Card: S 362
Card: S 362