This elegant Roman marble bust depicts a young
woman. Her hair has been parted down the
middle. The front locks have been braided, and
they frame her face and cover her ears.
Considering the cost of commissioning such a
work, and the value of the material itself, it is
likely that this young woman was a member of
the Roman elite. She could have been the
daughter of a Senator, or perhaps a wealthy
merchant. Her individual likeness has been
captured, filtered with a dose of idealism fit for
such a portrait. With her wide open eyes and
sweetly smiling mouth, we sense a warmth in
this bust that belies the cold nature of the stone.