Late Classical Period
about 350–325 B.C.
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 050; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 108 (additional published references).
Height x length (of face): 27.5 x 14.7 cm (10 13/16 x 5 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble, from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens
Not On View
Life size female head carved in the round. She wears a “peak” hairstyle ( thick masses of hair are gathered up above the forehead in a loose knot), large almond eyes, full rounded mouth with bow-shaped upper lip, and a shallow groove for a fillet, which was probably rendered in paint, is chiseled around the crown. Possibly belonging to a free standing votive portrait statue. Attributed to an Attic sculptor working in Alexandria.
Condition: The hair on the top of the head and at the back, where it is worn short, is roughly blocked out, with many marks of the drill. Much of the nose is missing, and there are some bruises on forehead, cheek, and chin. The surfaces, somewhat worn here and there, are now clean and white.
Scientific Analysis: University of South Florida Lab No. 8405: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.5 / delta18O -5.2, Attribution - Mt. Pentelikon. Justification - C and O isotopes, fine grain, Attic style
By 1901: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens: but the piece had just been imported from Rhodes.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund