Ideal female head

Greco-Roman


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 187; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references).

Dimensions

26.5 x 12 cm (10 7/16 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

89.8

Medium or Technique

Marble, probably from western Asia Minor

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation