Portrait of a woman restored on an ancient statue. The head does not belong to the body. The hair is parted in the middle and combed straight across the head before falling into 6 crimped waves. At the back of the hair there are four separate plaits and pinned up together at the back to form a bun ( of the type called Scheitelzopf ) covering most of the hair. There are small wispy curls around the hairline and they continue in longer locks around the ears and behind the ears on the neck. She has a high and rounded forehead, long but flat cheeks and a small mouth with thin parted lips. The body is clad in a chiton with a high belt and large mantle and is a Roman version of probably a Hellenistic type. The small sphere she is holding and the stylus are restorations characterizing her as the Muse Urania but they are unjustifiable. Urania was the muse of astronomy and was really popular in Renaissance as well as 18th restorations of ancient sculptures. The statue has several restorations, including to the hair, arms, eyes, cheeks and chin.
This statue was believed to have been found in Hadrian's Villa and bought from the Villa d'Este through the Mattei Collection.