Female head

Italic, Etruscan
Classical or Early Hellenistic Period
about 400 B.C.


Dimensions

Height: 29.4 cm (11 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

88.358

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Female head, worked fully in the round in pinkish-buff terracotta with remnants of white slip over the surface. Her wavy hair is parted in the center and adorned by an elaborate headband (diadem) of rosettes and points. Behind the diadem, the hair is indicated by uneven parallel strands. Heavy shield-shaped earrings lie flat on the ears. She wears a corded necklace with a tooth-shaped pendant on each side. Plaster (modern) has been added to the back of the neck for balance. From Cerveteri.

Provenance

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