Head of a maenad and Satyr's hand

Roman
Imperial Period
late 2nd century A.D., based on Hellenistic Greek work of 2nd century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 194.

Dimensions

Height x length (of face): 14.2 x 9.4 cm (5 9/16 x 3 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

03.758

Medium or Technique

Marble from Carrara in northwest Italy

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The head has been broken from a small statue; the neck is preserved at the back and the right side. The nose has been restored in plaster. A lock of the hair and two of the fingers have been slightly injured. On the right side of the knot of hair is a small flat surface with a cylindrical dowel hole in it, showing that something was attached there. There is some yellow-brown patina on the clean white surfaces.
The left hand carved against the back of the head is placed in such a way that it could only have belonged to a second figure. The hair is tied in a loose knot on the upper back of the head. Small locks escape into the forehead, sides, and neck.

Scientific Analysis:
Harvard Lab No. HI723: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.71 / delta18O -2.68, Attribution - Carrara, Justification - Fine grained marble.

Provenance

By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24,1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900