Deaccessioned June 27, 2013

Hera, Hygeia, or Aphrodite

Greco-Roman Period

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 185.


4 cm (1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Greek, island (?) marble


The Ancient World



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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way