Artemis "Colonna"

Hellenistic or Greco-Roman Period

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 103; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references).


35 x 22 cm (13 3/4 x 8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the Greek island of Paros

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



The hair, parted in the middle and tied with a broad fillet above, falls down the back into a queue, which is broken off at the back end. The neck is worked, probably for insertion in a draped statue, as the back of the neck is trimmed to a fairly high point. The nose, face and hair have been damaged, but all the surfaces are clean and fresh.

(Remounted and cleaned: see Research lab report, Feb. 21, 1991.)

Scientific Analysis:
Isotope ratios - delta13C +5.057 / delta18O -2.551, Attribution - Paros-1, Justification (Petrographic Analysis) - maximum grain size (1.8mm).


By 1887-1888: with Alessandro Fausti (said to have been found in the winter of 1887-1888 near Grotta Ferrata on the eastern slope of Valle Marciana on the estate named "vigna del Torrione" belonging to a certain Simone); purchased from Alessandro Fausti by R. Lanciani; purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, 1888, for $491.89 (this is the total purchase price for MFA 88.346–530)

Credit Line

Everett Fund