Dioskouros

Greek
Hellenistic Period
about 200 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 071; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 119 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

60.137

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The figure stands with his weight on the right leg (the pose of the Polykleitan Doryphoros) and is nude except for his pointed cap (pilos) and the cloak over his shoulder and left arm. The right hand, left foot, and sword or spear held in the left hand are missing. Hole for mounting in right foot. Dark brown patina, with red and green areas.
The Dioskouroi (Kastor and Polydeukes) were sons of the mortal woman Leda. Polydeukes (Pollux), who was fathered by Zeus, shared his immortality with his half-brother. The two were patrons of Roman knights and of sailors, to whom they appeared as St. Elmo’s fire.

Provenance

By 1959: with Elie Borowski, Angensteinerstrasse 7, Basel, Switzerland (said to come from Tarentum); March 10, 1960: purchased by MFA from Elie Borowski for $ 1,100.00

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund, No. 2