User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Portrait head of an eastern Mediterranean lady

Start collecting

She is aging but has been presented in an idealized fashion. She wears her cloak over her head as a veil and a necklace; the bland portrait could have been broken from a statue or a funerary bust. This is an eastern imperial, probably Anatolian to Syrian, portrayal. The stiffness of head and...

Show Full Description

Provenance

By date unknown: Paul E. Manheim Collection (said to be from Asia Minor or northwest Syria); gift of Paul E. Manheim to MFA, December 11, 1968

Credit Line

Gift of Paul E. Manheim

Greco-Roman, Late Hellenistic to Early Imperial Period,

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 133.

Dimensions

Height: 30 cm (11 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

68.771

Medium or Technique

Limestone-like hard marble, from Asia Minor (?)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture