Head of a goddess ("The Chios Head")

Hellenistic Period
3rd to 2nd century BC

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 056; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 108 (additional published references).


Height: 36 cm (14 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, probably from the Greek island of Paros

On View

Greek & Roman Sculpture Gallery (Gallery 211)


The Ancient World



The head, neck, and part of the shoulders were fashioned for insertion in a draped statue. The top of the head was covered by an end of the mantle drawn up to form a veil. This mantle fell closer to the left cheek than the right and projected over the brow, casting a shadow down to the eyebrows.


By 19th century: said to have been found by Antonios Xanthakes on the Palaiokastro on Chios during the Crimean war (1854-1855); inherited by his son Stylianos; shortly after 1881, his widow presented it to Mr. J. C. Choremes, from whose heirs it was bought in 1900 by Edward Perry Warren; December 31, 1909: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 923.09); gift of Nathaniel Thayer to MFA, March 28, 1910

Credit Line

Gift of Nathaniel Thayer