Marble head of a woman wearing diadem and veil

Period: Classical

Date: 425–400 B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: Marble

Dimensions: H.: 6 7/8 x 5 x 5 3/4 in. (17.5 x 12.7 x 14.6 cm)

Classification: 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: 2007.328


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.