Female bust

Italic, Etruscan
Classical or Hellenistic Period
3rd century B.C.


Height: 25.8 cm (10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Female bust to just above shoulders. Wavy hair, parted in center, pulled back. Above this high diadem of three rows of beads and grains. Large, grape cluster earrings. A necklace of simple beads worn high, and below, a necklace consisting of a band decorated with two reclining figures facing one another. From this hang six bullae of various shapes, arranged symmetrically. Three buttons in relief decorate each shoulder. A wide flange surrounds the piece. It curves forward over the head. The back is unworked, but the back of the head is rounded. Large circular vent at top of the head.


December, 1885, discovered by Don Mariano Lazzari at Cerveteri, Italy and sold, through Pietro Pennelli, to Rodolfo Lanciani (b. 1845 – d. 1929), Rome; 1888, sold by Lanciani to the MFA for $491.89 [purchase price for MFA accession nos. 88.345 – 88.530]. (Accession Date: January 1, 1888)

NOTE: See Helen Nagy, "Etruscan Votive Terracottas from Cerveteri in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: A Glimpse into the History of the Collection," Etruscan Studies 11 (2008), pp. 101-119.

Credit Line

Everett Fund