Goddess, perhaps Athena

Classical Period
4th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens

Not On View


The Ancient World



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.

Scientific Analysis:
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)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund