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Source Image: PR222_03_02 of Female Portrait of Capitoline Museums: Statuary

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Description

Female portrait in the Capitoline Museum.

Monument
Capitoline Museums: Statuary 
Monument Part
Female Portrait 
Monument Type
Statuary 
Material(s)
 
Date
post ad 70 - pre ad 120 
Collections
Capitoline Museums, Rome  

Location

Original Location
Rome 
Current Location
Capitoline Museums 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
The elaborate hairstyle on this portrait is worked extensively with the drill.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Polishing
Tool
Abrasives
Description
The skin of the face is polished with abrasives, but this might be later post-antique work.

Notes

This style of portrait is conventionally dated to the Flavian or early Trajanic period, when hairstyles of this sort were in fashion. However, there is evidence for Roman portraits being re-carved later, especially in the Baroque period, and it is possible that some of the more elaborate hairstyles found on these portraits were later additions.

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