Grave Portrait of a Woman with the attributes of Fortuna



The woman sits on a throne in a majestic pose, her body twisted a little to the left, and with both her feet resting on a low stool. She wears a chiton, mantle and sandals, and in her hair a diadem and a fillet. In her left hand she holds a cornucopia and in her right a rudder, resting on a globe. The drapery is intricately rendered, particularly around her feet. The woman's representation of the the body is similar to thatof the Goddess Fortuna and has divine status but the head is probably a portrait of a dead woman. She is young and has long narrow eyes and a sulky mouth. Her hair is on either side of the parting and in four shaped locks and drawn on the fillet visible above the middle of the forehead. The locks are taken back to the head and together with the rest of the hair made into a long thin plait, gathered in a high knot. The hairstyle is identical of that of Faustina the Minor of 147-148 AD. There is damage to the tip of the nose, top of diadem, left foot, and in places to drapery. Most of the cornucopia is restored, along with part of the back of the throne, the left arm, right arm and the handle of rudder.