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January 8, 2017 at 6:50 pm

Portrait ‘Bust of a Woman’ made in Marble having a height of 43 cms of  Roman period. It was from Rome around the period 60-96 AD. This beautiful portrait depicts a woman, with a simple dress and an elaborate hairstyle typical of the last years of the first century A.D. which was the norm around those times in Rome.

Her hair is piled up at the front into a series of snail-shell curls, drawn back over her head in several braided strands and secured in a coil of braids at the back. A few wispy hairs escape this formal and elegant arrangement to lie on the woman’s neck giving that original look to the portrait bust.

The dark shadows, caused by the drilling of the curls at the front, contrast with the sensitively carved smooth skin and sharp facial features. Which reflect the beauty of the craftsmanship which existed there during that period. There are many portrait busts made all over the world each of which has its own unique signature trade mark of the craftsman.

Portraits of the Roman period were intended to represent the individual as he or she actually appeared, in contrast to the idealizing tendencies of the Greek tradition. It was something like the portrait in the painting which used to exist which any individual who holds a high place or who is a head of a family of a village used to have. This was the norm before the arrival of photography.

No doubt the tradition continues even today among the rich and the famous who make a portrait of themselves even if latest technologies like photography and internet are available. This is done as it looks graceful and unique and gets etched in the memory of someone who would happen to see the portrait. It is a novelty preferred by the rich and opulent class. Who like to possess class and the finer things in life.

The above mentioned portrait bust of a woman made of fine marble was also something similar which belonged to  those times. Their are many things which are fascinating about history anywhere in the world. It is only the keen and discerning eye which will be able to appreciate the fine qualities of such art.

January 9, 2017 at 8:44 am

yes, the portrait is made of Pentelic marble and pertains to the Byzantine period. It is known for the delicate carvings and intricate details The portrait describes the effort and devotion taken in giving the minute details of highest magnitude and workmanship. The woman wears a mantle, a tunic, and a head cover which are all now considered as Fashion in the modern society

There are also such sculptures in India that talk about the high and delicate workmanship. Recently, I had been to Warangal. This is the place where one can see the 1000 pillars temple. The structure is really an amazing one with many carvings on each and every slab of the temple.

I really wondered to see the gap between the Bangle and the wrist of a lady unless I was asked by a guide to observing it.

They are all great people and what all we  can do at the most is just to copy them with perfection using some technological tools.

January 9, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Great works of art indeed!

January 9, 2017 at 1:19 pm

Great pieces of art indeed !

January 9, 2017 at 1:24 pm

Thank you for adding more information to the article and increasing its value. The craftsmanship during those periods and subsequent ones is a mastery of the work by the artisans and master craftsman. When we come to the Indian temples their monuments and the sty of construction I agree that the works are too intricate and recreate stories and themes regarding the topic displayed on each stone. They are like stories and subplots like wheels wheels within wheels.

I will also start covering temples and other places which are famous and need to be retold to readers soon after I finish with with this set of topic. Even I had to be the privilege to see the thousand pillar temple in the year 1982. I hope it is the same as it was then and that no damage has been caused to the structure. Our people have to take more interest in preserving something so beautiful which cannot be recreated in today’s times. Felt good to remember some memories after what you mentioned. Best wishes and regards.