Head of a young maenad or hermaphrodite
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 195.
Height: 38 cm (14 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble, Greek island
Not On View
Nose and chin have been restored; head and most of the neck have been mounted on a new bust. The surfaces have suffered slightly.
A large wreath of vine leaves and grapes has been carved above the hair.
By 1877, Francis Cook, 1st Bart. (b. 1817 – d. 1901), Doughty House, Richmond, Surrey [see note 1]; by inheritance to his son, Frederick Lucas Cook, 2d Bart. (b. 1844 – d. 1920), Doughty House [see note 2]; probably by inheritance to his son, Herbert Frederick Cook, 3rd Bart. (b. 1868 - d. 1939), Doughty House [see note 3]. 1968, Paul Manheim (b. 1905 – d. 1999), New York; 1968, gift of Paul Manheim to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 11, 1968)
 Adolf Michaelis, Ancient Marbles in Great Britain (Cambridge, 1882), p. 634, no. 55, as “Small Head of a Laughing Girl” in the Cook collection, which the author visited between 1873 and 1877.
 Eugenie Strong, “Antiques in the Collection of Sir Frederick Cook, Bart., at Doughty House, Richmond,” Journal of Hellenic Studies 28 (1908), pp. 3, 39-40, cat. no. 62, fig. 21. Many thanks to Jörg Deterling for providing this reference.
 Most of the antiquities were sold in 1947, after Herbert Cook’s death; see Elon Danziger, “The Cook Collection, Its Founder and Its Inheritors,” Burlington Magazine 146, no. 1216 (July 2004), p. 458.
Gift of Paul E. Manheim