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Head of a Goddess

The large size of this head suggests that it once belonged to a cult statue of a goddess. The veil she is wearing and the mature character of the face might make her Demeter, Hera or Cybele, inviting comparison with the Demeter of Knidos.

We know enough to be sure it it a Greek original, not a later copy, and one thing we can tell about its discovery is that it was found lying left side down — the right half of her face and neck are marked by about twenty small gashes made by the discoverer’s pickaxe

Parian marble
Location of Original: 

Boston, Museum of Fine Arts 27


Lawrence: Later Greek Sculpture, appendix, 94
Caskey: Catalogue of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (1925), 63-
Caskey: American Journal of Archaeology XX (1916), 383-
Comstock & Vermeule: Sculpture in Stone, Catalogue of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 35, no.47

Late C4 BCE

Found in the very early twentieth century in Athens

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