- Museum number
Marble head from a statue of Matidia; bust is modern.
- Production date
- 120 (circa)
Height: 57.15 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Cook 2013, nr. 330:
Townley's description; ‘A head of Sabina, wife of Hadrian; the hair is plaited in three degrees of elevation over the forehead, and twisted behind in the most elaborate manner, as is observed on the medals of this Empress’ (TY 12/3, street parlour 5). The bust is now considered to be of Matidia.
Bought from Jenkins for £25 (TY 12/1, the price confirmed in TY 10/7). I have found no record of the date of the purchase, but since the bust is listed in TY 10/7, it must have been acquired by about 1779, perhaps even by 1778, since it seems likely to be the bust identified as Matidia that d’Hancarville saw in the street drawing room (TY 16/27).
Sabina (Guide); Sabina or Matidia (Smith); Matidia (Wegner); Matidia, ca. AD 120 (museum label).
* Townley drawing 2010,5006.1618, attributed to Brown (I. D. Jenkins).
- Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum (1808), VI.85;
- Ancient Marbles of the British Museum, X, pl. 9;
- A Guide to the Graeco-Roman Sculptures in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, 2 vols. (London, 1874  and 1876), I, no. 21;
- A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Vol. III (London 1904), 158, no. 1898;
- M. Wegner, Hadrian, Plotina, Marciana, Matidia, Sabina. Das römische Herrscherbild II.3 (Berlin, 1956), 123 (bibl.).
- On display (G70)
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number