Hellenistic (?) Period
in the manner of the 5th century B.C.
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 104; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references).
Height: 14 cm (5 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The heads and the legs below the knees are missing; the surfaces are somewhat damaged and worn, but they have a clean, legible appearance. The three-bodied goddess emerges from a central pillar that once supported the heads from the back. This particular Hekataion seems to be a late Hellenistic or Graeco-Roman creation in the manner of the fifth century B.C. It is characterized by the long, high-girt peplos, but this specific type avoids the swallowtail drapery and zigzag lines of the korai created after 50 B.C. in the manner of work from 540 to 490 B.C. The verticle line of the torch can be discerned against the lowered left arms of two of the bodies.
From Athens, the mainland or one of the Greek islands.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson