Face of a Goddess with a Mural Crown
Late Hadrianic Period
Legacy dimension: H; 0.38 m. Max. W: about 0.285 m.
Medium or Technique
Marble, possibly from the Greek island of Paros
Not On View
Idealized face of woman; eyeballs incised; wavy tresses only on proper right side of forehead; remains of first two rows of crown above; hair and bottom of crown missing on proper left side; tip of nose broken off; back of head missing, neck broken off. Medium to coarse-grained white marble.
At MFA, marble has been tested with X-Ray Diffraction and determined to be Calcitic.
University of South Florida Lab No. 8432: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.6 / delta18O -0.4,
Istituto di Struttura della Materia - CNR Lab No. 12 (January 30, 2012): maximum grain size: 0.4mm; electron paramagnetic resonance: intensity 21.1%, line width 53.3%; color % 75,
Attribution (with low probability) - Paros 2 (Chorodaki). Justification - C and O isotopes, medium grain, moderately low EPR intensity.
By date unknown: with The Merrin Gallery, 724 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10019; December 23, 1993: gift of Edward H. Merrin and Samuel Merrin to MFA
Gift of Edward H. Merrin and Samuel Merrin