Forepart of a river god (Acheloos)

Greek
Classical Period
about 460 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 056; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 119 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x length: 4.6 x 6 cm (1 13/16 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

59.552

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The protome takes the form of the head and neck of a man-headed bull, probably river god Acheloos. The face is bearded, and the mane hangs down either side below the horns; the neck is formed of the typical, loose skin of the bull, treated in broad folds or large wrinkles. The bronze is cast solid, and the rivet-hole at the break on the left and the curved underside suggest that this protome adorned the rim of a large vessel. Corroded and cleaned. Greenish-black patina.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen A.G. auction 14, Malzgasse 25, Basel, June 19, 1954, lot 28 [said to be from Syracuse]); by date unknown: Dr. Herbert A. Cahn Collection; gift of Dr. Herbert A. Cahn to MFA, September 17, 1959

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Herbert A. Cahn