Ideal female head
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 187; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references).
26.5 x 12 cm (10 7/16 x 4 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble, probably from western Asia Minor
Not On View
The tip of the nose has been damaged slightly, and there are dark discolorations in the marble. Otherwise, the condition is good.
A crown of laurel leaves circles the head and meets in front. The hair is parted above the forehead and is drawn back to a knot behind, in a fashion typical of ideal heads in the fourth century B.C.
By date unknown: said to be in the Ludovisi Collection; by 1888: with R. Lanciani (said to come from the Ludovisi villa); purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, December 8, 1888, for $173.91 (this is the total price for MFA 89.4-89.8)
Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation