- Museum number
Marble portrait bust of Claudia Olympias, with a funerary inscription within an incised frame.
- Production date
- 110-130 (circa)
Height: 64.77 centimetres
- Curator's comments
William Lloyd had formed at Rome a notable collection of Italian pictures and statuary 'with the assistance and advice of the celebrated Cavaceppi'.
The bust of Claudia Olympias is most likely to have come from Rome or its immediate surroundings. Two further inscriptions (CIL VI 15519-20) mention a Claudia Olympias, daughter of Tiberius, and may therefore refer to the same person, who died aged 49 and a half years after 33 years of marriage.
Her coiffure is typical of the late Trajanic and early Hadrianic periods, cf. Fittschen-Zanker III, p. 52 note 1.
Fittschen, K. and Zanker, P. (1985) Katalog der römischen Porträts in den Capitolinischen Museen und den anderen kommunalen Sammlungen der Stadt Rom, III: Kaiserinnen- und Prinzesinnenbildnisse: Frauenporträts. p. 52 note 1.
Smith, A.H. (1904) Catalogue of Sculpture in the department of Greek and Roman antiquities, part VII, p. 170, no. 1925
- On display (G70)
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number