Section of a funerary pediment perhaps depicting a fallen Amazon

Greek, South Italian
Hellenistic Period
about 280 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 014.


Height (max.) x width x depth: 13 x 21.5 x 4.2 cm (5 1/8 x 8 7/16 x 1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Relief from the pediment of a small structure, probably funerary. Triangular, with finished sides. A fallen Amazon, dressed in Phrygian cap, tunic and trousers, lies in a rocky landscape, left arm over her head, left leg crossed over the right, left knee upraised. Her head rests on a rock at left. Entering at lower left side is a leg and foot probably belonging to a figure on the (missing) companion relief from the pediment.
All the edges are finished fairly smoothly, the right edge and the bottom particularly so. The back has the marks of a flat chisel but is evened off to a fair degree of smoothness. The usual yellow patina covers almost every surface except at the upper left corner, where there is slight chipping.

Probably from Tarentum.


By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr. (from the art market in Paris); purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., June 26, 1985

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund