Dwarf Boxing

Greek
Late Hellenistic or Early Imperial Period
150 B.C.–A.D. 10


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 145; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 121 (additional published references).

Dimensions

11.1 cm (4 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

RES.08.32k

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The boxing dwarf wears a cap and, on his hands, cesti. The left side and top of his head are damaged. There is a hole in the latter, as if it served as an attachment or support (for a candelabrum?); the lead filling and the fact that he balances on his phallos contribute to this suggestion. Even green patina.

Provenance

By date unknown: Bardini Collection (sold in London, 1899); 1899: purchased by Edward Perry Warren from the Bardini sale; 1908: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA; accessioned 1910

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren