Zeus or Dionysos

Greco-Roman Period

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 212.


13 cm (5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, probably from the Greek island of Paros

Not On View


The Ancient World



The face, especially the nose and the hair, have been damaged. The surfaces are clean. The hair is tied up in a large knot behind, and a plain, fairly broad fillet encircles the forehead amid the ample locks that lead to the curly beard.

Scientific Analysis:
Marble has been scientifically tested with X-Ray Diffraction and determined to be Calcitic.
Harvard Lab No. HI246: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.19 / delta18O -3.51, Attribution - Aphrodisias 2, Prokonnesos, Paros 2, Thasos-Cape Phaneri and Thasos-Aliki, Usak, Heracleia, Mylasa, Naxos-Melanes, Justification - Medium to coarse grained marble.


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