Head of a boy

Imperial Period
1st century A.D. (after a Hellenistic prototype)


Height: 20.5 cm (8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, Dolomitic from the Greek island of Thasos

Not On View


The Ancient World



Head of a child on circular molded marble base. Other replicas make it clear that this boy was seated on the ground with his arms wrapped around a goose, which he seems about to strangle.

Scientific Analysis:
Marble has been scientifically tested with X-Ray Fluorescence and determined to be Dolomitic.
Harvard Lab No. HI213: Isotope ratios - delta13C +3.23 / delta18O -2.71, Attribution - Thasos-Cape Vathy, Justification - Dolomitic by EM.


October 28-30, 1913, anonymous sale, Hugo Helbing, Munich, lot 42 [see note 1]. About 1913, possibly sold by A. S. Drey, Munich, to Delia Spencer (Mrs. Marshall) Field (b. 1854 - d. 1937), Paris and Washington, DC [see note 2]; by inheritance to her niece, Catherine Spencer Eddy (Mrs. Albert J.) Beveridge (b. 1881 - d. 1970), Beverly Farms, MA; 1946, gift of Mrs. Albert J. Beveridge to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 12, 1946)

[1] Thanks to Jörg Deterling for providing this reference. [2] Mrs. Field built her collection in Europe in the early twentieth century. She may have acquired this sculpture at the Helbing sale or shortly thereafter. An undated list of works of art that she purchased from A. S. Drey is annotated in a later hand with a description of this object.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Albert J. Beveridge in memory of Delia Spencer Field