Portrait of a young priestess

Roman
Imperial Period
about A.D. 100–140


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Corinthia, Corinth

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 353; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x length (of face): 22.5 x 14 cm (8 7/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

96.698

Medium or Technique

Marble, from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens

On View

Classical Roman Gallery (Gallery 213)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Much of the nose is missing. The ears, the braid, and the fillet have been damaged. There are considerable remains of a hard incrustation.
The girl has a lifelike but rather sad expression. Her large eyes have heavy lids, and the eyebrows are rendered sculpturally. Her prominent jaws and thick lips suggest a strain of African blood. Her hair is arranged in a series of large, flat waves, encircling the head and held in place by a round fillet. These waves have lines incised on them at intervals. A braid is also wound around the crown.

Scientific Analysis:
Harvard Lab No. HI251: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.98 / delta18O -4.75, Attribution - Naxos, Pentelikon, Thasos-Cape Vathy, Sounion.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Provenience, Greece. "Bought in Corinth and said to have been found there."); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund