Although worked fully in the round, this head comes from a large Attic grave monument containing figures carved mostly in high relief. Workmanship of the hair and modeling of the face show the head was designed to be seen mainly from the right. The face is asymmetrical, an irregularity less...
Although worked fully in the round, this head comes from a large Attic grave monument containing figures carved mostly in high relief. Workmanship of the hair and modeling of the face show the head was designed to be seen mainly from the right. The face is asymmetrical, an irregularity less evident when the head is poised in three-quarters view to the right. The remains of two fingertips on the right side of the face show the woman was raising her hand to her cheek in an expression of grief. She apparently stood at the left of the principal figure: as Karouzou, Athens Sculpture, p.120, no.819. There is a distinct suggestion of approaching old age in the looseness of the flesh about the chin, the folds at either side of the nose and mouth, and the wrinkles in the cheek or under the right eye. The intense gaze of the eyes, the contracted brows, and the pathetically curled lips also give the head a stronger expression of grief than is common in contemporary works of its class. The lower part of the nose is broken away. The right eyebrow and the hair on the right side have been damaged slightly. A brown, earthy deposit, remaining on the left side, has been removed from the right, but without injury to the surface, which has a yellow hue. Scientific Analysis: University of South Florida Lab No. 8408, 8410: Isotope ratios - delta13C -2.0 (fresh marble), -10.5 (surface) / delta18O -6.3 (fresh marble), -7.0 (surface) Attribution - possibly from Mt. Pentelikon. Justification - C and O isotopes, fine grain, Attic style
By 1901: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Found near Kerataia (Attica) winter 1899.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund
Greek, Classical Period, 4th century B.C.
Place of Manufacture
Athens, Attica, Greece
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 069; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 108 (additional published references).
Height: 26.5 cm (10 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble, possibly from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens