This plaster head is a reworked cast from a bust of Faustina the Elder (Inv. Scu 851) located at The Capitoline Museum in Rome. Faustina (100 AD-140 AD) was the wife of the Emperor Antoninus Pius who, although dying early in the principate of his rule, continued to be prominently commemorated as a diva (feminine of divus, refering to a "deified" or divinized mortal) posthumously playing a prominent symbolic role in Antoninus Pius' régime.
The irises, pupils and iconic hairstyle are well carved and engraved, making it easy to be dated to the middle of the 2nd century AD, in the Antonine age. The original portrait was found during the construction of the Via Principe Eugenio.
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