Herm shaft with female head

Late Hellenistic to Early Imperial Period

Findspot: Egypt, Naukratis

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 218.


66.5 cm (26 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the Greek island of Paros

Not On View


The Ancient World



The condition is excellent, with few dents, weathered areas, and minor surface discolorations. The head with long curls and neck is carved directly from the rectangular shaft of the herm.

Scientific Analysis:
Isotope ratios - delta13C +1.899 / delta18O -1.033, Attribution - Paros-2, Justification (Petrographic Analysis) - maximum grain size (2.7 mm), accessory minerals (quartz).


From Naukraris. 1885: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; October 28, 1885: voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting; sent over February 1886. (Accession date: 1886).

Transferred to Classical by the Egyptian dept. 1

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription