Statuette of a seated woman

Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
3rd century B.C.


Height: 19.4 cm (7 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Statuette of a woman seated on rocky terrain. Hood-like drapery over head. Wears heavy mantle that covers her right arm as she pulls its edge across her lap. No plinth. The head is now broken off, reattached. Long feet, covered by shoes (?) Flat unworked back with large rectangular vent. Very fine, reddish fabric. Said to have been found at Cerveteri.


December, 1885, discovered by Don Mariano Lazzari at Cerveteri, Italy and sold, through Pietro Pennelli, to Rodolfo Lanciani (b. 1845 – d. 1929), Rome; 1888, sold by Lanciani to the MFA for $491.89 [purchase price for MFA accession nos. 88.345 – 88.530]. (Accession Date: January 1, 1888)

NOTE: See Helen Nagy, "Etruscan Votive Terracottas from Cerveteri in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: A Glimpse into the History of the Collection," Etruscan Studies 11 (2008), pp. 101-119.

Credit Line

Everett Fund