Relief with theater scene

Hellenistic to Early Imperial Period

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 117.


Height x depth: 12 x 1.7 cm (4 3/4 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, crystalline, from the Greek islands or western Asia Minor

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



The fragment is broken on all visible edges, and the surfaces are somewhat worn. The back is completely finished and smoothed.
There is the upper part of a woman, who raises her right hand to her face in the classic gesture of surprise and query; at the left, there is perhaps part of the figure of an infant, held by a third person, who is missing. The woman appears to be wearing a theater mask, and her turbaned hair coupled with heavy chiton and himation add up to a suggestion that she is the old servant woman from some mythological or domestic scene.


Probably from Greece or the Greek islands; or from the region of Naples.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson