The statue was carved of a single block of marble quarried at Mount Pentelikon near Athens. The figure stands in a majestic pose. She wears sandals, a chiton and himation that was drawn over the head like a veil, which was customary with Greeks, too. Her hair frames the forehead in curls formed of small spirals. Both arms were extended to the front, but we do not know what she held. The statue is traditionally believed to represent Queen Artemisia, the sister and wife of Maussollos, but the identification is uncertain. It probably depicts a member of the ruling dynasty.