Deaccessioned September 24, 2015

Head of a Niobid (?)

Modern
Late 17th century


Dimensions

21.5 cm (8 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

88.365

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

A Niobid? Mouth open, intense expression.

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Everett Fund