Head of Demeter-Io
2nd century A.D.
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 106; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references).
Height: 6 cm (2 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Io is diademed, and the two tiny horns protruding from her forehead are her distinguishing marks. She wears a tiara, behind which a veil is drawn over her head. On top is a broken surface, which must be the remains of a basket (kalathos), a typical emblem of Demeter. Irregularities in the outline of the break suggest that a crescent moon was placed in front of the kalathos.
On the right side of the head are remains of a strut, which would have connected to a tall torch.
The type of figure is typical of Roman Egypt.
By date unknown: said to have been brought from Patras by the donor's father; by 1963: Evelyn Yates Inman Collection; gift of Mrs. Arthur Inman (Evelyn Yates Inman) to MFA, December 11, 1963
Gift of Evelyn Yates Inman in memory of Alonzo Colt Yates of Washington, D.C.