Ex coll.: George L. Hern Jr., Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Told Jr., on the occasion of the reinstallation of the Greek and Roman galleries, 2007
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
The presence of both a diadem and a himation (cloak) drawn over the hair suggests that this small exquisitely carved head represents a female divinity such as Hera or Demeter. It may have belonged to a figure that was part of a high relief or the pediment of a small building. The strong curve of the neck probably indicates that the goddess was shown as though moving to her left.
[Until ca. 1954, with Matthias Komor, New York]; ca. 1954, purchased by George L. Hern, Jr. from Matthias Komor; ca. 1954-1999, collection of George L. Hern, Jr., New York; 1999, given to Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Told, Jr. by George L. Hern, Jr.; 1999-2007, collection of Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Told, Jr., New York; acquired in 2007, gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Told, Jr.
Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2008. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2007-2008." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 66(2): p. 7.