Goddess, perhaps Athena
4th century B.C.
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 048; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 108 (additional published references).
Height x length (of face): 45.9 x 21.5 cm (18 1/16 x 8 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens
Not On View
The head and neck were made separately for insertion in a statue. Above and on both sides of the face, the marble terminates in four planes with fairly smooth surfaces. The back of the head was omitted, and the surface at the back has been left rough. The lower lip and the hair above the left temple were slightly injured, and the surface has suffered from cleaning with acid.
Harvard Lab No. HI217: Isotope ratios - delta13C +3.08 / delta18O -4.42, Attribution - Pentelikon, Justification - Not coarse enough for Thasian marble.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From Rhodes); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund