Portrait of a young priestess
about A.D. 100–140
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Corinthia, Corinth
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 353; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115 (additional published references).
Height x length (of face): 22.5 x 14 cm (8 7/8 x 5 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble, from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens
Roman Art Gallery (Gallery 213)
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.
Harvard Lab No. HI251: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.98 / delta18O -4.75, Attribution - Naxos, Pentelikon, Thasos-Cape Vathy, Sounion.
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
Catharine Page Perkins Fund