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Marble bust of Julia Mamaea (AD 192-235), mother and regent of the emperor Severus Alexander.
- Production date
Height: 24.50 centimetres (chin to crown)
Height: 62 centimetres (total height of bust)
Width: 50 centimetres (maximum width of bust)
- Curator's comments
- The bust is very close to a replica from Otricoli in the Vatican. Wegner (op. cit., following Bernoulli) doubted its authenticity, quoting the very uniform weathering, the low cut of the back and the fact that the inside of the back is carefully smoothed down in contrast to other busts of the period. However, it has since been generally accepted as genuine.
Cf. also a replica in Holkham Hall, long considered to be of the 18th century, but recently published as ancient (E. Angelicoussis, The Holkham Hall Collection of Sculptures (Mainz 2000), cat. no. 40.
S. Wood, Roman Portrait Sculpture 217-260 AD (Leiden 1986), 126 no. 6.
Fittschen-Zanker III (Mainz 1983), cat. no. 33 replica 17.
M. Bergemann, Studien zum romischen Portrat des 3. Jahrhunderts n. Chr. [= Antiquitas vol. 18] (Bonn 1977), 29f. note 90.
H. B. Wiggers and M. Wegner, Caracalla bis Balbinus [=Das romische Herrscherbild III.1] (Berlin 1971), 208
B. M. Felletti Maj, Iconografia Romana Imperiale da Severo Alessandro a M. Aurelio Carino (222-285 d. C.) [= Quaderni e Guide di Archeologia II] (Rome 1958), 108 no. 55 pl. 7, 22.
- On display (Front Hall)
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number