Left hand holding alabastron

Classical Period
about 470–450 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 031; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 107 (additional published references).


Length (max.): 15.7 cm (6 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the Greek island of Paros

Not On View


The Ancient World



A woman’s left hand holds an alabastron in a nearly upright position. The hand is life-sized and has been carved in low relief.
The background has been cut away. The hand is broken off at the wrist, and the top of the alabastron is missing. The little finger is damaged. The surfaces have a brown to yellow patina with some incrustation.

Scientific Analysis:
Marble has been scientifically tested with X-Ray Diffraction and determined to be Calcitic.
Harvard Lab No. HI098: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.05 / delta18O -1.38, Attribution - Probably Paros 2, Justification - Stylistically related to mainland Greece.


By 1899: with E. P. Warren (according to his records: bought in Rome in 1899); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, June 2, 1910, for $4,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 10.159-10.230)

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution