Deaccessioned June 27, 2013
Goddess or votary from a relief
Late Classical Period
4th century B.C.
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 086.
Height: 7.8 cm (3 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble, Greek, with crystals
The head would appear to have been facing somewhat toward the left, for the face is deeper at the left ear than the right. The subject could be a goddess or a female votary from a scene with larger divinities. The face has a somewhat sensuous (yet strongly classical), human, rather than divine, aspect. The hair is roughly but softly handled. The work is probably of the second half of the fourth century B.C.
The front half of the head has been preserved. The nose, lips, and chin have been damaged.
The back has been broken away somewhat behind the ears and through the neck from back to front. There is also a major break diagonally across the top.
From Greece, Athens or elsewhere.
1918, gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thompson, Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 12, 1918); June 26, 2013, deaccessioned by the MFA for sale through Christie's, New York.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson