Artemis or similar mythological female

Roman Period

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 262.


34 cm (13 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble from Carrara in northwest Italy

Not On View


The Ancient World



The fragment is broken on all edges. The surfaces are in fairly good condition. The backing has a finished surface and is roughly 0.03m. thick, seemingly not very heavy for a sarcophagus.
The workmanship is excellent, especially the treatment of the clinging, wrinkled, and wind-blown garment. The left hand may hold a staff or a spear. In the second instance, this figure might have been one of the divine attendants (Artemis or Vitus-Roma) in the main scene of a sarcophagus showing the deceased in a symbolic hunt. Artemis is more likely, since Virtus usually wears her chiton with one breast exposed.
The crisp, sharp handling of the drapery belongs to a Roman rather than an Attic sarcophagus The surfaces were carefully finished, but not polished.

Scientific Analysis:
Isotope ratios - delta13C +1.878 / delta18O -1.546, Attribution - Carrara, Justification (Petrographic Analysis) - maximum grain size (0.6 mm), accessory minerals (dolomite).


1876, gift of Charles Callahan Perkins (b. 1823 - d. 1886), Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 1, 1876)

Credit Line

Gift of Charles C. Perkins