Figure of a draped woman votary

Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
4th to 1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 213; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 122 (additional published references).


Height: 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



She wears a large diadem or hat and a long himation wrapped tightly around her body. Her hands are held outwards, palms open; the left is turned slightly upwards, in the traditional Italo-Roman gesture of prayer. Head and arms are tubular, but the body is thin, almost a flat sheet. The fold of the garment is shown merely as a diagonal groove from the left shoulder to the right side. A tang projects from below her feet, for attachment. Rough greenish black patina.


By date unknown: Misses Aimée and Rosamond Lamb Collection; gift of the Misses Aimée and Rosamond Lamb to MFA as Apparatus, October 10, 1962; accessioned as 68.41, March 13, 1968

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Aimée and Miss Rosamond Lamb