Deaccessioned September 24, 2015
Head of a Niobid (?)
Late 17th century
21.5 cm (8 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
A Niobid? Mouth open, intense expression.
Sold by Alessandro Fausti (dealer), Frascati, Italy to Rodolfo Lanciani (b. 1846 – d. 1929), Rome [see note]; 1888, sold by Lanciani to the MFA for $491.89 [purchase price for MFA accession nos. 88.345 – 88.530]. (Accession Date: May 1, 1888)
NOTE: According to information provided by Lanciani, the head was found at Tusculum (Tuscolo, Italy), formed part of the Municipal Museum at Frascati and, when the museum collection was broken up, the syndic of Frascati gave it to Alessandro Fausti. Fausti then sold the head to Lanciani.