Artemis or similar mythological female
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 262.
34 cm (13 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble from Carrara in northwest Italy
Not On View
The fragment is broken on all edges. The surfaces are in fairly good condition. The backing has a finished surface and is roughly 0.03m. thick, seemingly not very heavy for a sarcophagus.
The workmanship is excellent, especially the treatment of the clinging, wrinkled, and wind-blown garment. The left hand may hold a staff or a spear. In the second instance, this figure might have been one of the divine attendants (Artemis or Vitus-Roma) in the main scene of a sarcophagus showing the deceased in a symbolic hunt. Artemis is more likely, since Virtus usually wears her chiton with one breast exposed.
The crisp, sharp handling of the drapery belongs to a Roman rather than an Attic sarcophagus The surfaces were carefully finished, but not polished.
Isotope ratios - delta13C +1.878 / delta18O -1.546, Attribution - Carrara, Justification (Petrographic Analysis) - maximum grain size (0.6 mm), accessory minerals (dolomite).
1876, gift of Charles Callahan Perkins (b. 1823 - d. 1886), Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 1, 1876)
Gift of Charles C. Perkins