Female head

Italic, Etruscan
Classical or Hellenistic Period
4th century B.C.


Height: 20.3 cm (8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Relief of female head. Hair in fringe, parted in the center over brows, becoming curly at the sides. Above, a simple diadem, and behind all a flat flange. Slightly rounded back, unworked, no vent hole. Hollow. Said to be 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