Deaccessioned June 27, 2013
Hera, Hygeia, or Aphrodite
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 185.
4 cm (1 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Greek, island (?) marble
Broken from a statuette; part of the head’s own left side and top are mising. The surfaces are somewhat rough, pitted from weathering, but all the details are clear.
The hair is caught up in long strands leading to a bun behind, in the tradition of the Knidian Aphrodite. There appears to be the start of a diadem in the hair, and earrings are roughly suggested below the strands on either side.
Robert Hay (b. 1799 - d. 1863), Linplum, East Lothian, Scotland; 1863, by descent to his son, Robert J. A. Hay and exhibited at the Crystal Palace, London; 1871, sold as part of the Hay collection to Samuel A. Way (b. 1816 - d. 1872), Boston; 1872, to his son, Charles Granville Way (b. 1871 - d. 1912), Brookline, MA; 1872, gift of Charles Granville Way to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 28, 1872); June 26, 2013, deaccessioned by the MFA for sale through Christie's, New York.
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way