Female head

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


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


The Ancient World



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.


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