Woman in the archaic style

probably first half of the 1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 214; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references).


Height: 115 cm (45 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble from Carrara in northwest Italy

Not On View


The Ancient World



Head and neck, and the right forearm, were carved separately. These and the other missing parts (left shoulder with a portion of the back, the whole of the left arm, the feet with parts of the legs, a piece of the end of the himation, and the folds of the chiton hanging from the left hand) were once restored, as is shown by numerous holes in the broken surfaces, some with iron pins in them. A break runs diagonally across the legs at the knees. The front surfaces are corroded; the back is in fairly pristine condition, with a light polish to the smooth surfaces of the drapery.

Scientific Analysis:
Harvard Lab No. HI754: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.54 / delta18O -1.37, Attribution - Carrara, Justification - Fine grained marble.


Formerly in private possession at Beaune in the south of France. Said to have been acquired by an ancestor of the former owner in 1858 at Naples, where it belonged to the private collection of the king or a member of the royal family.
Purchased from Bacri, Paris, for $ 13,063.36

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912