Head of a woman

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period, Palmyrene Group II
about A.D. 150–200

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 404; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 117 (additional published references).


Height: 16 cm (6 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Nose and lips are slightly damaged. Otherwise, the head is in good condition, the break running irregularly through the veil and the three visible folds of the neck.
The lady wears an enriched diadem, from beneath which her hair is drawn back at either side over most of her ears, a knotted turban, and her himation in the form of a veil. Earrings in the shape of three pendant globes hang from each ear.
The head is similar to that of the lady in the nearly complete relief (no. 10.77). The hair being almost wild in the handling of folds and strands.


Dana Estes (b. 1841 - d. 1909), Brookline, MA; 1910, gift of the estate of Dana Estes to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 28, 1910)

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Dana Estes