Woman in Eastern Archaic garb

Archaic Period
about 460–430 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 439.


31.2 cm (12 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone

Not On View


The Ancient World



The head and the feet, with the plinth, have been broken away; the flat, two-dimensional figure has also been broken across the thighs and rejoined. Otherwise, the surfaces are good, as described below.
The woman wears a long tunic with short sleeves and a long, tight mantle or himation with a zigzag (or lozenge) pattern painted both on the broad expanses of the garment and on the folds or borders of the carefully arranged material. She holds a situla (?) in the lowered left hand.


By date unknown: with General Luigi Palma di Cesnola (from Cyprus); May 16, 1872: purchased by MFA from General Luigi Palma di Cesnola for
$ 1,704.39 (this figure is the total price for MFA 72.1-72.473 and 72.4871-72.4900)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription