Fragment of a mythological group
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 193.
Height: 14 cm (5 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble, crystalline, probably from the Greek islands
Not On View
The surfaces of what remains are somewhat worn, slightly chipped, and fairly clean.
The range of possible subjects includes a falling Amazon, a maenad and satyr, or possibly Cassandra and Ajax. The small, stubby hand on the right breast of the woman must belong to another figure. The woman wears a loose chiton, which is buttoned on the right shoulder and which falls down in an overfold below the left breast. The garment is girt above the waist. A group engaged in some violent or amorous action, such as combat or a dance, is suggested. The woman’s body is thick at the waist, and she gives the appearance of striding forward.
From Greece or the Aegean islands
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson