Face of a Goddess with a Mural Crown

Roman Provincial
Late Hadrianic Period
A.D. 135


Legacy dimension: H; 0.38 m. Max. W: about 0.285 m.

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Medium or Technique

Marble, possibly from the Greek island of Paros

Not On View


The Ancient World



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.

Scientific Analysis:

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

Credit Line

Gift of Edward H. Merrin and Samuel Merrin