Its extraordinary stylistic peculiarity makes this female portrait one of the longest-examined and most discussed works in the Collection. The face, with its delicate and graceful features, is embellished with a hairstyle once enriched with gold inserts and precious stones.
The Torlonia Maiden is currently considered a valuable portrait produced between the end of the Republic and the early years of the Augustan principality. The provenance of the young girl, whose corset is compatible with the possibility that the portrait – placed on a small pillar – might have been used as a herma, is uncertain.
Inventory: MT 489
Material: White marble
Technique: Work sculpted through the use of: chisels (also square-tipped and toothed) rasps