Head of a maenad and Satyr's hand

Imperial Period
late 2nd century A.D., based on Hellenistic Greek work of 2nd century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 194.


Height x length (of face): 14.2 x 9.4 cm (5 9/16 x 3 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble from Carrara in northwest Italy

On View

Ancient Greece: Dionysos & Symposium Gallery (Gallery 215B)


The Ancient World



The head has been broken from a small statue; the neck is preserved at the back and the right side. The nose has been restored in plaster. A lock of the hair and two of the fingers have been slightly injured. On the right side of the knot of hair is a small flat surface with a cylindrical dowel hole in it, showing that something was attached there. There is some yellow-brown patina on the clean white surfaces.
The left hand carved against the back of the head is placed in such a way that it could only have belonged to a second figure. The hair is tied in a loose knot on the upper back of the head. Small locks escape into the forehead, sides, and neck.

Scientific Analysis:
Harvard Lab No. HI723: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.71 / delta18O -2.68, Attribution - Carrara, Justification - Fine grained marble.


By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24,1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900