Head of a young woman
2nd–1st century B.C.
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 110.
Height: 10.7 cm (4 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble, Crystalline from western Asia Minor or the adjacent Greek islands
Not On View
The nose is broken away. The surfaces have been somewhat bruised and rubbed away in spots. Broken across the back of the head and through the upper part of the neck, this appealing likeness ought to date from the middle of the Hellenistic period, between 200 and 100 B.C. The head perhaps formed part of a large funerary relief and was turned somewhat to one side, since the right ear has been slightly more fully worked than the left.
Unaffected by the emotional currents of the Hellenistic baroque centering around Pergamon in western Asia Minor, the girl with her hair in the so-called melon style recalls ideal statuary and grave reliefs of the fourth century B.C. from Athens.
By date unknown: Paul E. Manheim Collection, One William Street, New York, N.Y. (said to be from East Greece); gift of Paul E. Manheim to MFA, December 3, 1969
Gift of Paul E. Manheim