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Marble portrait of Marciana, sister of the emperor Trajan

by fros1y, published

Marble portrait of Marciana, sister of the emperor Trajan by fros1y Jul 28, 2012

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http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/130011437

During the last quarter of the first century A.D. and the early decades of the second century A.D., ever more complex hair arrangements were developed for the ladies of the imperial court. Hairpieces with added hair and concealed frameworks formed high diadem-like structures surrounding the face. One of the most elaborate constructions appears on the official portraits of Marciana, the elder sister of Trajan. The high polish and engraved eyes on this head suggest that it was carved during the Hadrianic period. The powerful women of Trajan’s family were much honored by his successor, Hadrian, who is said to have owed his throne to their influence. Marciana was the grandmother of Hadrian’s wife, Sabina.

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