Left hand holding alabastron
about 470–450 B.C.
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 031; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 107 (additional published references).
Length (max.): 15.7 cm (6 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble probably from the Greek island of Paros
Not On View
A woman’s left hand holds an alabastron in a nearly upright position. The hand is life-sized and has been carved in low relief.
The background has been cut away. The hand is broken off at the wrist, and the top of the alabastron is missing. The little finger is damaged. The surfaces have a brown to yellow patina with some incrustation.
Marble has been scientifically tested with X-Ray Diffraction and determined to be Calcitic.
Harvard Lab No. HI098: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.05 / delta18O -1.38, Attribution - Probably Paros 2, Justification - Stylistically related to mainland Greece.
By 1899: with E. P. Warren (according to his records: bought in Rome in 1899); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, June 2, 1910, for $4,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 10.159-10.230)
Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution