Captive barbarian

Roman
Imperial Period
1st century A.D.


Dimensions

H x W: 52 x 24.5 cm (20 1/2 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

2000.1053

Medium or Technique

Marble, from the Greek island of Skyros

On View

Classical Roman Gallery (Gallery 213)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The standing figure is dressed in a long tunic and trousers, which suggests that he is a barbarian. The head, neck, upper bust, and hands, which were made separately, probably of white marble, are missing. His forearms rest on his thighs; his hands may have been bound, although similar figures sometimes hold a ladle. The right leg is crossed over left, but the lower legs and feet are missing.

Variegated purple and white marble.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Robin Symes Ltd., 3 Ormond Yard, Duke of York Street, St. James's, London S.W.I, England; purchased by Emily T. Vermeule and Cornelius C. Vermeule from Robin Symes Ltd., November 5, 1993; gift of Emily Townsend Vermeule and Cornelius Vermeule to MFA in honor of Mary Bryce Comstock, December 31, 2000; accessioned by MFA, January 24, 2001

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Townsend Vermeule and Cornelius Vermeule in honor of Mary Bryce Comstock