Figurine of Priapos with four infants

Greek
Hellenistic Period
2nd century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 130; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Other: 10.2 cm (4 in.) Mount ((Base)): 3.2 x 3.2 x 3.2 cm (1 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

RES.08.32p

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Priapos stands with his left foot forward; both hands hold up the skirts of his belted garment, in which are four tiny children. Thick green patina. Left hand mostly broken away.

Provenance

By date unknown: Sir Ch. Robinson Collection, London (published in S. Reinach, Répertoire de la statuaire grecque et romaine, vol. II [1897], p. 782, no. 5: appartenait, en 1897, à Sir Ch. Robinson); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1908: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA; accessioned 1910

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren