Infant

Roman
Roman Imperial
second century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 204; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x length (of face): 9 x 6.6 cm (3 9/16 x 2 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

03.761

Medium or Technique

Marble, fine-grained

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The head has been broken off near the top of the neck. One cluster of berries on the wreath has been restored in marble. The nose, the right eyebrow, and some of the berries have been slightly injured.
The smiling baby wears a wreath of ivy leaves and clusters of berries. The tips of the ears are hidden, and thus there is no indication whether this is a satyriskos, a faun, or merely an ideal child. The face has a high polish giving the sculpture the quality of ivory.
The turn of the head toward the left shoulder and the generally playful aspect suggest this head came from a small statue of an ideal Dionysiac figure, perhaps holding a bunch of grapes or an animal.

Provenance

By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900