Herm shaft with female head

Greco-Roman
Late Hellenistic to Early Imperial Period


Findspot: Egypt, Naukratis

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 218.

Dimensions

66.5 cm (26 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

86.172

Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the Greek island of Paros

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The condition is excellent, with few dents, weathered areas, and minor surface discolorations. The head with long curls and neck is carved directly from the rectangular shaft of the herm.

Scientific Analysis:
Isotope ratios - delta13C +1.899 / delta18O -1.033, Attribution - Paros-2, Justification (Petrographic Analysis) - maximum grain size (2.7 mm), accessory minerals (quartz).

Provenance

From Naukraris. 1885: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; October 28, 1885: voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting; sent over February 1886. (Accession date: 1886).

Transferred to Classical by the Egyptian dept. 1

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription