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Marble head of a woman wearing diadem and veil

425–400 B.C.
H.: 6 7/8 x 5 x 5 3/4 in. (17.5 x 12.7 x 14.6 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
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
Accession Number:
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.
Picón, Carlos A. and Elizabeth J. Milleker. 2008. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 2007–2008." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 66(2): p. 7.

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