Goddess or woman
Early Hellenistic Period
about 325–300 B.C.
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 051; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 108 (additional published references).
Height x length (of face): 11.3 x 5.5 cm (4 7/16 x 2 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble (fine-grained but very translucent), probably from the Greek island of Paros
Not On View
The hair is carried up from the forehead to a knot on top, as in other heads of the fourth century B.C. representing Hygeia and similar youthful goddesses.
The tip of the nose is missing, and the chin is slightly injured. A thick, ochre-colored incrustation remains on the right side.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome from someone who had received it from Athens.); June 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 200.00, and given as a memorial of Miss Mary Sullivan Felton by several of her friends
Given in memory of Miss Mary Conway (Sullivan) Felton