Female portrait

Ritratto femminile
2nd-3rd century A.D.
Material and technique: 
Bigio morato marble
Inv. MB 198

The facial features of this head, carved from precious bigio morato marble, are so individualized that the piece must be recognized as a portrait. The particular rendering of the eyes, with their incised irises and pupils, suggests that it was made in the 2nd or 3rd century A.D.

The hall

This room displays Roman artworks, plus some medieval pieces that wind up the long chronological itinerary through the Barracco collection.