Leopard

Italic, Etruscan
Archaic Period
about 560 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 389; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x length: 66 x 116 cm (26 x 45 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

63.2757

Medium or Technique

Nenfro

On View

Conservation on View: Etruscan Sarcophagi (Gallery 117)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

This leopard came from an architectural setting and must have had a pendant facing in the opposite direction. Not only is he considerably larger than the other two, but he is much more ferocious in appearance, with malevolent eyes, a twitching nose, and ears lying back almost flat along the cranium. He is also characterized by pointed haunches enframed in stylized outlines to suggest the folds of his skin.
Legs and much of the right side are broken away, with ruts and grooves, as if he had lain face down as building material or a paving block in Roman times or the Middle Ages. Although different from the other two Boston leopards (61.130 and 63.2756) in style and proportions, this beast must also date shortly before the middle of the sixth century B.C.
The statue has a brown patina with somewhat crusty surfaces.

Provenance

By 1961: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Place, Philadelphia 3, Pa. (presumably from Vulci); December 1963: purchased by Horace L. Mayer from Hesperia Art; loaned by Horace L. Mayer to MFA, December 23, 1963; gift of Horace L. Mayer to MFA, December 26, 1963

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer