Roman portrait bust, possibly Faustina Junior




A very fine moulded pottery bust depicting a lady, possibly Faustina Junior the wife of Marcus Aurelius. When Faustina died in AD 175 she was deified by Marcus Aurelius and a number of charitable schools for orphan girls were founded in her honour, known as Puellae Faustinianae.

Roman North African Colonies, Tunisia, mid to late 2nd Century AD

16 x 9.5 cms

Repaired on neck, light chipping as shown in the photographs

Ex. collection: Marius-Victor-Ernest Dumas (North Africa and France); acquired in Tunisia between c. 1890-1920. M. Dumas was Controleur Civile (French colonial administrator) of the city of Sousse in Tunisia prior to World War I. This collection of Roman and North African antiquities has remained in the family for the past 100 years in the Haute-Savoie region of France.