Statuette of girl holding a bird

Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
3rd or 2nd century B.C.


Height about 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The seated girl with a pet bird has a pudgy face, neck and limbs. Her head is slightly tilted, looking right, with incised eyes, strong features, hair knotted and rolled over forehead, strands incised, tendrils over neck. Her right hand is outstretched, holding the bird; her left hand rests on her left knee. Her right knee is bent, with her right foot on floor and her left leg bent horizontally, tucked under the other. The girl wears a short-sleeved tunic, perhaps made of animal skin, fastened on right shoulder. Brownish-green patina.


By date unknown: with Royal-Athena Galleries, 153 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022; purchased by MFA from Royal-Athena Galleries, May 25, 1994

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund