Eagle

Roman
Late Imperial Period
3rd–4th century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 080.

Dimensions

Height x width: 10.9 x 10.6 cm (4 5/16 x 4 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

1977.657

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Eagle, designed to be set in or on top of a naiskos or a standard. Eye, eyebrow, and feathers are heavily stylized. End of right wing broken away. Grooves (for wreath and fulmen) on tops of each three outer talons.
(Possibly from a shrine to Jupiter Dolichaenus).
Found by an Armenian farmer in his vineyard a few miles northeast of Aintab (Gazi antep), near Baba Doluk (“or Dolik”). Baba Doluk is the highest mountain, NE, 3 hours ride (ancient Doliche=Dolichaeum).
Cleaned and filed on back (color dark green to black).

Provenance

By 1868 or earlier: said to have been found by an Armenian farmer in his vineyard, a few miles northeast of Aintab (Gaziantep) on the way to Doliche in the Syrian Commagene; by 1868: given to George R. Nutting by a Dr. Nersis in Aintab; date unknown: George Nutting gave it to Rev. Dr. Leonard Bacon (died 1881) and it remained in possession of Bacon family for about a century; 1977: gift of David Bacon, Alice Bacon Hallett and Leonard Lee Bacon to MFA, September 14, 1977

Credit Line

Gift of David Bacon, Alice Bacon Hallet, and Leonard Lee Bacon in memory of the Rev. Dr. Leonard Bacon (1802-1881)