Deaccessioned June 27, 2013

Men or Attis (eastern divinities)

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
about A.D. 100–250


Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor (probably)

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 229.

Dimensions

Height: 7.7 cm (3 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.1177

Medium or Technique

Marble, Crystalline white, probably from Asia Minor

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The child’s head has stylized curly hair beneath a Phrygian cap. This young divinity is most likely Men, the popular Anatolian divinity, or perhaps Attis, companion of Cybele. With him was evidently found a fragment of relief, the head of a goddess; she is probably Cybele and perhaps formed part of a related votive relief. See 65.1178
The head of Men-Attis, broken at the neck, is in very good condition.

Provenance

By date unknown: Richard R. Wagner Collection (acquired in Istanbul); gift of Richard R. Wagner to MFA, September 22, 1965; June 26, 2013, deaccessioned by the MFA for sale through Christie's, New York.

Credit Line

Gift of Richard R. Wagner