Deaccessioned June 27, 2013
Men or Attis (eastern divinities)
about A.D. 100–250
Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor (probably)
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 229.
Height: 7.7 cm (3 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble, Crystalline white, probably from Asia Minor
The child’s head has stylized curly hair beneath a Phrygian cap. This young divinity is most likely Men, the popular Anatolian divinity, or perhaps Attis, companion of Cybele. With him was evidently found a fragment of relief, the head of a goddess; she is probably Cybele and perhaps formed part of a related votive relief. See 65.1178
The head of Men-Attis, broken at the neck, is in very good condition.
By date unknown: Richard R. Wagner Collection (acquired in Istanbul); gift of Richard R. Wagner to MFA, September 22, 1965; June 26, 2013, deaccessioned by the MFA for sale through Christie's, New York.
Gift of Richard R. Wagner