Fragmentary head of Athena

Early Classical Period
about 480 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 026; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 107 (additional published references).


Height x width: 14.5 x 15.4 cm (5 11/16 x 6 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, fine-grained Greek

Not On View


The Ancient World



The face only is preserved, having been broken off vertically in front of the ears. The top is a smoothed surface, rising slightly in shallow curves from the sides to a central ridge. The forehead and nose are broken off. The working of the top surface of this split-off fragment suggests that the head was helmeted and therefore represented Athena. The broad face with rounded jaw and prominent chin, the hair drawn to the sides in thick masses of crinkly waves, and the almond-shaped eyes seemingly affixed to the face have all been taken as touchstones of Tarentine style in the early Transitional period.


By 1900: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Taranto: from a temple there); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, February 1900

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund