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A three-sided relief cut from a single block. Seated on the right is Demeter with her head veiled in mourning for her daughter Persephone. Aphrodite is seated opposite consulting with her son Eros at the center who holds the scales (made from a separate piece of marble) to determine how long...

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1894: Found in Rome in a private villa on via Boncampagni in the same region as the Ludovisi relief, in the area of the ancient Gardens of Sallust (the Ludovisi Quarter) on the Pincian Hill; acquired successively by Valenzi, Jandolo, Martinetti, and Hartwig before being purchased by Edward Perry Warren in 1896; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, May 5, 1908, for $ 3,600.00

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Classical Period, about 450–440 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 030; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 107 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 088-089.


Overall: 82 x 161 cm (32 5/16 x 63 3/8 in.) Framed (Rolling steel pedestal/ removable top steel pallet): 100.3 x 186.7 x 95.3 cm (39 1/2 x 73 1/2 x 37 1/2 in.) Weight: 1587.59 kg (3500 lb.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, Dolomitic from the Greek island of Thasos


The Ancient World


Architectural elements