Section of draped female
Late Hellenistic Period
1st century B.C.
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 093; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references).
Height: 57.8 cm (22 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble from Dokimeion (modern Afyon) in west-central Asia Minor
Not On View
The back of the fragment, a roughly tooled flat surface, slopes forward toward the bottom. A large groove, running downward obliquely, fitted a tenon on the missing rear portion. The top surface behind the folds of the himation is hollowed out in a curve to receive the upper part of the body. The left foot and its base were also made separately. Incrustation remains after cleaning.
The figure was posed on a high seat, left foot placed on an elevation, bringing the thigh to a horizontal position. The right foot rested on the ground. The legs are draped in a large himation, the upper edge of which is gathered in a heavy roll passing across the hips; one end hanging down on the left side. The pose of the legs has produced the deep folds running obliquely downward from left to right.
The surface of the himation has horizontal and vertical lines to indicate a pattern in the cloth. This detail, and the fact that the statue was made in several pieces, suggests a date in the Hellenistic period. The hard, sharp, almost polished qualities of the surfaces point to the late Hellenistic or Augustan to Julio-Claudian periods.
Label text: 2004; The draped legs belonged to a seated statue with a separately made upper part. Hellenistic statuettes from the Greek island of Rhodes have such draped legs and a twisting nude torso. This fragment could have come from a similar figure and may have represented Aphrodite seated on a rock, perhaps pointing out a victim for the arrows of Eros. The fragment could also have been a maenad or nymph like a Hellenistic terracotta from Myrina in a display case in this gallery.
Scientific Analysis 1:
Harvard Lab No. HI220: Isotope ratios - delta13C +0.81 / delta18O -4.00, Attribution - Dokimeion (near Afyon, Turkey), Justification - Fine-grained marble.
Scientific Analysis 2:
University of South Florida Lab No. 8460: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.4 / delta18O -3.6,
Istituto di Struttura della Materia - CNR Lab No. 5 (January 30, 2012): maximum grain size: 0.65mm; electron paramagnetic resonance: intensity 613.5%, line width 78.2%; color 68.
Attribution - Dokimeion (near Afyon). Justification - C and O isotopes, fine grain, high magnesium.
Probability of correct quarry assignment (Istituto di Struttura della Materia - CNR Lab No. 5; January 30, 2012):
distance of sample from center of quarry probability field: 10.5; relative probability: 97%; absolute probability 11%
By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Florence.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900