This magnificent portrait was found in Veleia (Lugagnano Val d'Arda, PC) on April 28, 1760, near the western entrance staircase of the city's basilica, not far from the place of discovery of the famous Tabula Alimentaria: it depicts a young woman with head slightly inclined to the right and very accurate facial features; the hair is short, combed back, and originally must have been completed by a high tuft swollen on the forehead, as was the fashion at the end of the first century. B.C
The detail of the short hair, unusual for Roman women, suggests that the young woman could have had a religious role, while the completely exceptional case of the dedication of a bronze portrait to a girl has suggested that it could be Baebia Bassilla, remembered on an inscription of Veleia in marble for having given the city an entire portico on the main square.
The bronze sculpture, an indirect hollow casting with lost wax, with eyes made of chalcedony, is a production of the end of the first century. BC of local workshops.