Figurine of man and woman in oxcart

Greek
Geometric Period
about 800–700 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 016; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 118 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 6.3 x 10.7 cm (2 1/2 x 4 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

58.696

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Group in two parts. 1) A man and woman are seated in a cart. His left arm is extended toward the heavily yoked oxen; her left arm appears to be behind her back; his right forearm is missing. 2) The cart has a right sideboard and an axle. Shaft broken and repaired. Dark green patina, with some light green corrosion and earth encrustation.

Provenance

1864?: said to have been found in Çesme, near Smyrna and probably part of a group now in the British Museum found in 1864 (see article by D. E. L. Haynes in Journal of Hellenic Studies 72, 1952, pp. 79–80, with references to man and woman in cart in the original group but not in the British Museum collection [Sotheby auction of H. P. Borrell Collection, August 26, 1852, lot 1541: purchased by Purnell; Sotheby auction of Purnell B. Purnell Collection of Stancombe Park, Gloucestershire, May 8, 1872, lot 628: purchased by Schmidt, whom D. E. L. Haynes could not trace]); by date unknown: with Carlebach Gallery, 937 Third Avenue, New York); purchased by MFA from Carlebach Gallery, September 18, 1958, for $ 900.00

Credit Line

John Michael Rodocanachi Fund