Artemis "Colonna"

Greek
Hellenistic or Greco-Roman Period


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 103; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references).

Dimensions

35 x 22 cm (13 3/4 x 8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

88.351

Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the Greek island of Paros

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The hair, parted in the middle and tied with a broad fillet above, falls down the back into a queue, which is broken off at the back end. The neck is worked, probably for insertion in a draped statue, as the back of the neck is trimmed to a fairly high point. The nose, face and hair have been damaged, but all the surfaces are clean and fresh.

(Remounted and cleaned: see Research lab report, Feb. 21, 1991.)

Scientific Analysis:
Isotope ratios - delta13C +5.057 / delta18O -2.551, Attribution - Paros-1, Justification (Petrographic Analysis) - maximum grain size (1.8mm).

Provenance

By 1887-1888: with Alessandro Fausti (said to have been found in the winter of 1887-1888 near Grotta Ferrata on the eastern slope of Valle Marciana on the estate named "vigna del Torrione" belonging to a certain Simone); purchased from Alessandro Fausti by R. Lanciani; purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, 1888, for $491.89 (this is the total purchase price for MFA 88.346–530)

Credit Line

Everett Fund