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.