Grotesque figure with phallus emerging from head

Roman
Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 143; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 121 (additional published references).

Dimensions

15.1 cm (5 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

RES.08.32d

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

A stooped grotesque figuredwarf, with his arms clutching at the chlamys at his chest. His features are exaggerated, especially his nose, and he has warts. He wears large earrings and a second phallos on his head. He was probably intended to be suspended with a chain as a good luck symbol, to ward off evil.

Square (casting) hole (patch gone) in back; smaller one on left buttock. Black patina, with pitting.

Provenance

By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren; said to have been bought in Paris in 1901; 1908: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA; accessioned 1910

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren