Bronze finial for a litter or chariot pole, in the form of forepart of boar

Roman
Imperial Period
2nd–3rd century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 670; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 13 cm (5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

60.1392

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Transportation

The boar is shown as if running, with his forelegs extended. As the functional protome of a vehicle, this boar was probably an owner’s symbol, perhaps a Roman family badge. Hollow cast. Dark brown patina, with encrustation scaled away.
Perhaps a finial from the pole of a chariot or wagon.

Provenance

Vladimir Simkhovitch (b. 1874 - d. 1959), New York [see note]. 1960, John J. Klejman (dealer; b. 1906 - d. 1995), New York; 1960, gift of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Klejman to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 9, 1960)

NOTE: According to the donor at the time of the gift.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Klejman