Head of a young maenad or hermaphrodite

Greco-Roman Period

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 195.


Height: 38 cm (14 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, Greek island

Not On View


The Ancient World



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)

[1] 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.

[2] 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.

[3] 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.

Credit Line

Gift of Paul E. Manheim