2nd–1st century B.C.
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 091; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references).
Overall: 78 x 47.3 x 21.6 cm (30 11/16 x 18 5/8 x 8 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble, probably from the Greek island of Paros
Greek & Roman Sculpture Gallery (Gallery 211)
The female torso wears a thin chiton bound under her breasts by a cord tied in a large bowknot. The garment is drawn tight over her breasts, abdomen and hips, and hangs in rippling folds elsewhere. A himation or cloak is visible along the bottom of the torso on the figure’s left side. The right hip, which is cocked to one side, is raised over the left hip while the upper body twists towards her right.
Condition: The missing head and neck were fastened to the torso with a dowel. The missing arms were also inserted into the torso with dowels. The bottom of the torso is roughly cut. In contrast, the back of the torso is a flat, smooth surface indicating that the back may have been cut off at a later period. Marble surface pitted and corroded.
Harvard Lab No. HI230: Isotope ratios - delta13C +1.79 / delta18O -3.65, Attribution - Probably Paros 2, Justification - Grayish, coarse grained marble.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From Rome or its neighbourhood.); 1897: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 25,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 97.285-97.442 and 97.1104)
Catharine Page Perkins Fund