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Head of a Woman or a Muse

ca. 2nd century B.C.


13 × 10.6 × 14.5 cm (5 1/8 × 4 3/16 × 5 11/16 in.)
Gift of Oliver Crane, B.A. 1845
Not on view
Greek, Hellenistic

Ex. coll. the Reverend Oliver Crane (1822-1896).

Yale University Faculty Minutes, Department of Art, John Ferguson Weir, Chair
Minutes of the meeting of March 16, 1882 (Yale University Art Gallery Archives), p. 123: "Prof. Weir reported a gift of an antique marble head from Rev. O. Crane, Class of '45. The head was brought by Mr. Crane from Aintab in Syria in 1874 and had been dug up a few years previously at Bambatch near the Euphrates."

According to the Obituary for Reverend Crane published in the Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Academical Year ending in June, 1897, p. 445-46, Oliver Crane "...sailed for his new field of duty in January, 1849. After he had acquired the Turkish language he did efficient service, mainly in Aintab, Syria, until compelled to return home by his wife's health in the fall of 1853." (Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale Universsity, available on line)

Rev. Oliver Crane is also a donor of ancient coins to the YUAG collection.


“High Lights in the Yale Collections,” New Haven Register (February 25, 1934).

Soffia Gunnarsdottir, “Name That Goddess: A Hellenistic Greek Marble from Syria,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2019): 54–61, fig. 1–2.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.