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Portrait bust of a Roman matron
mid-1st century A.D.

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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Name-CRT: Roman
Title: Portrait bust of a Roman matron
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 34
Creation End Date: 66
Creation Date: mid-1st century A.D.
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: bronze
Dimensions: H. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
Description: This bronze portrait bust has often been taken to represent a descendant of Augustus, Agrippina the Younger, wife of the emperor Claudius (r. 41?54 A.D.) and mother of Nero (r. 54?68 A.D.), the last of the Julio-Claudian regime. It is more likely, however, that the bust depicts a private individual who wished to have herself portrayed like Agrippina, by wearing her hair in the same style. The work is one of many examples in which Roman private portraits were strongly influenced by official images of the imperial family, a phenomenon that points to the widely shared acceptance of and identification with the regime established by Augustus.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 52.11.6
Credit Line: Edith Perry Chapman Fund, 1952
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Late Julio-Claudian
AMICA ID: MMA_.52.11.6
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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